We believe that law enforcement agencies play a crucial role in keeping our society safe, and we have always maintained that if we have information, we will provide it when it goes through a valid legal process. Recognizing the ongoing digital evidence requirements of law enforcement agencies, we have a team of dedicated professionals in our legal department who manage and respond to all legal requests from law enforcement agencies around the world. Our team also responds to emergency requests worldwide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We publish legal process guidelines for governments and law enforcement agencies around the world and publish transparency reports twice a year detailing the types of requests we receive and how we respond to them. In addition, we regularly provide training to law enforcement officers on the types of data available from Apple and how to obtain it in accordance with our legal process guidelines. By the end of 2018, we will begin rolling out an online portal for authenticated law enforcement officers around the world to submit legitimate data requests, track requests, and receive responsive data from Apple. We are building a team of professionals dedicated to training law enforcement officers around the world, which will greatly improve our ability to reach small police forces and agencies. This includes the development of an online training module for officers. This will help Apple train more law enforcement agencies and officials around the world and ensure that our company`s information and advice can be updated to reflect the rapidly changing data landscape. We will continue to work for more transparency and data protection on behalf of our customers. Apple has never created a backdoor or master key for any of our products or services. Nor have we ever given a government direct access to Apple servers. And we never will.
Apple is committed to protecting the security and privacy of its users. The above developments and the work we are doing to support the surveys confirm this fundamental commitment. Apple receives various forms of legal proceedings in which information is requested from Apple or action is taken by Apple. Apple requires government and private companies to comply with applicable laws and statutes when requesting customer information and data. We contractually require our service providers to follow the same standard that we apply to government requests for Information about Apple data. Our legal team reviews requests to ensure they have a valid legal basis. If this is the case, we will comply by providing data that meets the request. If a request does not have a valid legal basis, or if we consider it unclear, inappropriate or excessively broad, we will contest or reject the request. We report on applications every six months.