While it’s easy and free to allow your employees to use SMS and public messaging apps for work, it comes with high risk.
Consumer messaging apps violate compliance mandates for work-related communication of government employees.
Evertel follows all compliance guidelines while giving those in government the instant and simple tools they’re used to.
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While it’s easy and free to allow your employees to use SMS and public messaging apps for work (trust us, they’re already using them), it comes with high risk. The use of such apps is a violation of both federal and state-level public records laws like FOIA and could lead to criminal and civil lawsuits against the agency.
Here are a few examples:
Get started by downloading the Public Safety Communication App Checklist. This straightforward, intuitive guide explains the 9 instant-messaging app functions that keep agencies compliant.
Tech companies have increasingly offered end-to-end encrypted messaging services in recent years, including WhatsApp, Signal, and many others. That means the messages are unreadable by anyone except the sender and recipient — including the messaging service itself and the agency.
The challenges this presents extend beyond the government’s compliance requirements and prevents agencies from managing or even knowing about unscrupulous internal behavior, putting the individual and agency at considerable legal risk.
Violate compliance mandates
Meets FOIA, CJIS, HIPAA compliance mandates
No. Only accessible by individual
Yes. Agency can audit ALL content
Promote going 'dark'
Prevents going 'dark' for full transparency and accountability
High legal exposure. Phone subpoena likely
No legal exposure. Phone subpoena unlikely
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