Prevent users from creating public groups
We work in a school and allow teachers to create groups, but they are created as public by default and need to actively choose private. This is a problem as they don't understand the implications that public groups could be seen and accessed by students. It would be better if all of our groups were private and users could not create public groups.
There have been two changes implemented to support this request. First, groups in Outlook are now created Private by default. Second, using the new Microsoft Information Protection Labels will allow you to prevent end users from creating Public groups. These labels drive group behavior. Your organization can define a default label which only creates Private groups and deploy this to the users.
James T commented
Please Add the capability to prevent users from creating Public Groups, to many users are making mistakes, although we have it set to Private by default.
Andy T commented
2015 this was added and we still can't prevent users from creating public groups!
Rob Gort commented
I agree, there are 2 topics now on this subject. Maybe vote on the other one as well, it has more support at the moment... https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/14740545-set-office-365-groups-private-by-default
This feature is an absolute requirement for enterprise rollout.
Star D. commented
We are trying to clean up our AD and GAL, and O365 Groups just gave every Tom, **** and Harry in our organization the ability to add entries to the GAL!
The end users aren't familiar with IT's naming conventions and policies because they've never had access to the GAL before. If these groups functioned like contact lists and remained personal, this wouldn't be an issue.