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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. 

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:

The General Data Protection Regulation and the WhatsApp Problem of Enterprises

The European General Data Protection Regulation as the new privacy law affects all enterprises doing business in Europe. Enterprises have to adjust their data protection practices in order to comply with the new law and avoid high fines. WhatsApp as part of the shadow IT is a critical issue and businesses must ensure compliant enterprise messaging (e.g. with Teamwire).

The Best Enterprise Messaging App for European Businesses

The demand by businesses for our enterprise messaging app is strongly growing. On the one had businesses are increasingly understanding the problems of using Whatsapp for enterprises communications. On the other hand in a mobile first world there are more and more important business use cases, scenarios and benefits of an enterprise messaging app. Last year we wrote a first blog post on how to select an enterprise messaging app. Now we want to update that blog post with latest requirements, criteria and market trends, and focus on the needs of European businesses when they search for the best enterprise messaging app for their organization:

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