M365 Changelog: (Updated) Licensing Check implementation for Teams DLP

MC546441 – Updated May 9, 2023: Microsoft has updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your feedback.

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Teams helps organizations prevent sensitive data from being shared via Microsoft Teams channel or chat session. To prevent users from sharing sensitive information on Teams, customers need to assign Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/F5 licenses to their users as Teams DLP is made available through Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/F5 licenses. You can find a list of licenses that include Teams DLP capability here.

Please note – this is not a new change and Teams DLP has been a part of the Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/F5 licenses since it was launched.

Currently organizations with Microsoft 365 E3/G3/A3/F3 licenses assigned to their users are able to create Teams DLP policies, however starting June 30, 2023, organizations will require Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/F5 (or equivalent) licenses to use Teams DLP.

When this will happen:

June 30, 2023

How this will affect your organization:

You are receiving this message as a reminder to ensure your users who are currently covered with Teams DLP policies have the required Microsoft 365 E5/G5/A5/F5 licenses before June 30 2023. If you already have the mentioned E5 licenses, this message is not relevant to you, and Micrsosoft requests you kindly ignore this message.

If your users within the scope of your Teams DLP policies are assigned Microsoft 365 E3/G3/F3/A3 licenses, post June 30, 2023, your existing Teams DLP policies covering these users will become dormant and will not process any Teams messages for data loss prevention. You will not be able to create new Teams DLP policies or make changes to your existing Teams-only DLP policies that cover these users, and these users will not be block/audited while sharing sensitive information over Teams. The existing alerts while the policy was active will continue to be available for triage and remediation but no new alerts will be generated for these users.

If you have a DLP policy that covers multiple locations and one of the locations is Teams, that policy will continue to be active for all other locations except Teams. You will be able to edit such policies and remove Teams as a location in the policy configuration experience.

Please note that your Teams only DLP policies will not be deleted and will continue to be visible in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal for future use in the event that you are able to assign the required licenses to your users.

Microsoft recommends you assign the users within the scope of the Teams DLP policies appropriate Microsoft 365 E5/G5/A5/F5 licenses to continue to benefit from Teams DLP.

See which licenses include Teams DLP here.

Learn more about Teams DLP here.