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Effective Alerting and Crisis Communication with Our Enterprise Messaging App

This week Teamwire has released innovative features for alerting and crisis communication for its enterprise messaging app. The new alerting and crisis communication features are a useful addition to our messaging app and provide enterprises and the public sector with completely new use cases for critical events, in crisis situations and in emergencies. With our alerting and crisis communication capabilities organizations can also improve the coordination of teams, task forces and on-call personnel, as well as enhance the safety of their employees. At the same time, our alerting features are more reliable and less expensive than alternative solutions.
 

WhatsApp Ban in the Enterprise: GDPR-Compliant Messaging Apps, Alternatives and Solutions

The use of WhatsApp as part of shadow IT is very common in enterprises. This actually affects every industry, sector and function as well as the entire public sector. Since a WhatsApp usage in the enterprise is not legally compliant with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and WhatsApp can not adequately protect corporate data, more and more companies are banning the use of WhatsApp for business purposes: Deutsche Bank banned WhatsApp and similar messaging apps a long time ago. The automotive supplier Continental has also recently opted for a ban of WhatsApp in the enterprise. Teamwire knows many other companies and organizations that have also banned WhatsApp for business communications. Enterprises know ask themselves the following questions:
   => What are possible solutions for the WhatsApp problem?
   => What secure and GDPR-compliant messaging apps and alternatives are there for businesses and the public sector?
We want to discuss these points in more detail in this blog article.

Data Protection Advice - Katharina Mitterer Talking about the GDPR and Secure WhatsApp Alternatives for Enterprises

Today we sat down with lawyer Katharina Mitterer from the law firm ZIRNGIBL and talked in detail about the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this interview we want to inform enterprises and public authorities about the challenges of the GDPR, what has to be taken into account for the implementation of the GDPR and what requirements exist for GDPR compliant IT tools and messaging apps.

Audit-Proof Archiving of the Communication via an Enterprise Messaging App

There are several legal requirements that oblige companies to archive business communications. This applies to traditional media such as the letter and the fax as well as to digital media for the communication such as the email but also instant messaging and chat apps and even chat bots. In the following, we describe which communications have to be documented and archived by an enterprise messaging app.

Happy New Year - Predictions for Enterprise Messaging Apps for 2018

We want to thank all our customers, users and partners for the great collaboration in 2017 and wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful year 2018! Since this is the time where many people reflect on the past year and plan for the new year, we would like to make some predictions and highlight some trends for enterprise messaging apps in 2018:

Checklist for GDPR Compliance for Secure Enterprise Messaging Apps

With the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in May 2018 for all enterprises in the European Union, we currently get increasing enquiries for Teamwire from businesses that seek a secure enterprise messaging app. Due to the potentially high fines of the GDPR and related financial risks, many businesses are not willing to tolerate WhatsApp as part of the shadow IT anymore and as an alternative look for a secure enterprise messaging app that is compliant with the GDPR. 

Secure WhatsApp Alternative for Enterprises and the Public Sector

Currently many large enterprises, small and medium businesses as well as the public sector look for a secure WhatsApp alternative (e.g. Teamwire) for their organization. In the following we want to give an overview why this is an important problem to solve, and what features a messaging app requires to serve as a secure WhatsApp alternative for enterprises.

How Enterprises Protect Themselves Against Warnings Because Of WhatsApp

A German court today ruled that WhatsApp violates the data protection law and WhatsApp users can be warned theoretically. When using WhatsApp, the phone numbers of all contacts in the address book are automatically passed on to the messenger. According to the judgment of the District Court of Bad Hersfeld (Germany), WhatsApp thereby violates the right of the users to informational self-determination. The judgment ultimately affects not only private users, but also companies and authorities that use WhatsApp for business purposes. Many enterprises are now wondering how they could be affected by warnings and how they can protect themselves against such warnings.

Teamwire Receives Trusted App Certification of MediaTest Digital

Teamwire was awarded the Trusted App seal by MediaTest Digital. The iOS and Android apps of Teamwire thereby show compliance with German data protection and security guidelines. Teamwire's apps are characterized by BDSG/GDPR-compliant data processing and secure data storage on iOS and Android devices.

Compliant Enterprise Messaging for the General Data Protection Regulation

Recently we wrote a blog post on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the WhatsApp problem of enterprises. On the one hand we highlighted the demanding data protection requirements for enterprises and the heavy fines due the GDPR. On the other hand we described why WhatsApp is not compliant with the GDPR and that the usage of WhatsApp for business purposes is a critical issue under the GDPR. As a consequence businesses should deploy a secure enterprise messaging app before the GDPR becomes into effect, in order to ensure strong data protection and compliance with the GDPR. Today we want to look into the necessary features of a secure enterprise messaging app (like e.g. Teamwire) to fully meet the requirements of the GDPR:

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