M365 Changelog: Microsoft Purview – Data Lifecycle and Records Management – Scope the administration of retention and label policies

MC541152 – To assist in the implementation of security best practices, Microsoft is introducing new way to assign administrative privileges in the Microsoft Purview Data Lifecycle Management and Microsoft Purview Records Management solutions that will provide admins the least privilege access required for their job duties.

With this change, organizations can leverage Administrative Units in Azure Active Directory (AAD) to define who can configure and manage policies in Microsoft Purview. This update will include the ability to set up a Data Lifecycle Management or Records Management admin for a specific geography, department, or other unit, who can manage retention and label policies for their unit.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 117354.

When this will happen:

Rollout to public preview will begin in late April and is expected to be complete by end of May.

How this will affect your organization:

Once this feature rolls out, Data Lifecycle Management and Records Management administrators in your organization will have the ability to use administrative units to granularly define access to who can manage retention policies and label policies for different parts of the organization.

Previously, you were only able to assign a tenant-wide admin for Data Lifecycle Management. These people would configure and administer retention and label policies for every part of the organization. Now, you can associate Data Lifecycle Management administrators to one or more admin units. This enables administrators who can view and manage policies for only part of an organization to do so confidently without affecting other units. For example, you can designate an administrator for the Finance Admin Unit. This person can then create polices that apply only to Finance users, groups, or sites.  

What you need to do to prepare:

There is nothing you need to do to receive this feature.

You may consider updating any training or reference material for your Data Lifecycle Management and Records Management administrators and evaluate if you would like to use this new capability. 

Get started with Data Lifecycle Management and Records Management in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal.

Learn more: Permissions in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal

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