ePals and Privacy Networks Partner to Bring Legally Compliant Email Archive Solutions to K-12 Marketplace

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New unified message archive available to ePals Global Community

Public records requests and litigation threats regarding email use take away valuable time and resources that districts could be spending on educational advancement. Privacy Networks, the unified messaging archive company, has teamed up with ePals, developer of the largest and fastest growing social network for learning, to provide an easy to use, affordable, and legally compliant archive solution to address this problem. Privacy Networks' PrivacyVault email archive is fully compatible with ePals SchoolMailâ„¢, providing schools with an auditable archive of all inbound, outbound, and internal communication content.

"In the K-12 education market, we provide technology directors with an easy, effective tool to comply with local and federal regulations. It was an easy decision to include student archiving for free as part of a district wide solution for faculty and staff. The safety and protection of school district data stored online and the email content of students is a top priority for us," said John LoPorto, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Privacy Networks.

Privacy Networks, in concert with ePals, has made fully compliant email archiving a reality for districts that are in need of a system for search, retrieval and retention of email content. As customers continue to manage the complexities around message content driven by the ever increasing dependence on email, instant message and voicemail, Privacy Networks' solution is simple to implement and manage. The ability to have a single point of control for all archiving messaging content is a unique offering that will save districts' money and conserve precious resources.

"We have built an open solution that allows any district to couple their free ePals SchoolMail service with email archiving providers," said Victoria McEachern, Director of Sales for ePals. "We believe districts should be able to choose from 'best of breed' vendors, like Privacy Networks, for an important need such as archiving."

The majority of a district's critical information is contained within their email inboxes. With the implementation of the PrivacyVault, a district will be able to respond to the numerous open records requests through one simple search, rather than retrieving data through time consuming back-up tapes. In addition, teachers will be able to easily find important documents in their email, resulting in increased operational efficiency and more time dedicated to teaching.

PrivacyVault is an email archiving solution that provides users with a simple search engine for all their email and other electronic messages. Finding and retrieving any email or attachment is now as easy as a search on the Internet. Searches can be performed for a single PrivacyVault user retrieving their email or an administrator searching across an entire organization's email. All email can be set to a retention period that adheres to district policy.

ABOUT ePals, Inc.
Founded in 1996 and merged with In2Books(R) in 2006, ePals offers K-12 students and teachers around the world a safe environment for building and exchanging knowledge based on protected connectivity tools, evidence-based curricula and authentic, collaborative learning experiences. The ePals Global Community(TM) ( http://www.epals.com) is the largest online community of K-12 learners, enabling more than half a million educators and millions of students across 200 countries and territories to safely connect, exchange ideas, and work together. The company's mission is to support lifelong learning through collaborative experiences that empower and inspire. ePals is especially committed to enabling academically rigorous educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged environments worldwide through the ePals Foundation - provider of In2Books, the company's flagship literacy e-mentoring program.

Privacy Networks provides enterprise-level unified messaging archive solutions that are simple, safe, and affordable. The solutions are designed to address the growing need for organizations to manage their electronically stored information being generated by unified messaging platforms that include email, instant messaging, voice, video, and documents. Privacy Networks solutions are available as rapid install appliances, hosted services, or standalone software. Privately held, Privacy Networks has offices in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colo. For more information, visit http://www.privacynetworks.com.


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