While Slack is one of the leading messaging platforms for team communication, it isn’t the right solution for government use. See how Slack and Evertel compare:
As such, using Slack may 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.
We did not like using email since finding information was impossible… it takes forever. With Evertel, the speed of communications is great. I check Evertel messages immediately and customizing my tones & alerts are important due to the volume of messages I get everyday. Today, our employees are more informed than ever.
We are using Evertel to create a chatroom for all regional employees to work and deploy floods. When the flood is over, this room is used to create our after-action report and overtime/deployment tracking in case federal funds are submitted for reimbursement. Within hours, we have a complete report with minimal employee effort.
When our nation experienced the global pandemic in late March, 2020. We implemented all EOC branches in private rooms on our city’s Evertel platform. In less than an hour, we were fully deployed and had the ability to update all key leaders in the city as well as elected officials on our city’s response regarding Covid-19.
While it’s tempting to allow your employees to use instant-messaging apps like Slack for work, it comes with high risk. Federal and state-level public records laws like FOIA require higher degrees of transparency and accountability than ever before. Violations of these policies have led to criminal and civil lawsuits against many agencies in the past.
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.
Slack offers basic data retention features (for FOIA compliance), but this comes with an additional cost for each user, every month. With Evertel, you get a fully compliant, ready-to-use solution at just $5/user per month. No hidden fees, no upcharges.
You can rest easy knowing your communications are FOIA, CJIS, FIPS, and HIPAA compliant, with advanced messaging retention and audit features.
FOIA compliance (Business+ level only), HIPAA compliance (Enterprise level, configuration required)
Meets FOIA, CJIS/FIPS, HIPAA compliance mandates
Basic auditing and exporting features available (Business+ level only, depends on data retention settings)
Yes. Agency can audit ALL content at any time.
Can be configured for routine/scheduled deletion of content and non-compliant data retention policies
Provides full transparency and accountability
Varies based on chosen plan level and app/organization settings. Phone subpoena possible
No legal exposure. Phone subpoena unlikely
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