Ability to hide Groups that are considered "private"
When creating groups, or after the fact with a PowerShell command, all the ability to set a hide=True attribute so that the group is not visible when viewing all. Several other elements such as distribution lists and security groups can be hidden so why not allow the ability to hide Groups. This will allow groups to exist that are truly "private". This would be very helpful for groups that need a bit more privacy in order to operate using the Groups functionality beyond the invite only capability.
“Secret groups” is still on the Microsoft 365 Groups backlog, but there is no delivery date available at this time.
Christopher Grande commented
Tony W. commented
I think there is another thread like this that I posted in that should be combined.
But I agree...Private should be "Private" and should not be able to be seen. We just rolled out O365 to students and they are requesting access to all of these "Private" groups thinking it's related to their course of instruction, but are for staff/faculty. I found I could hide them in the GAL but that's useless.
Come on, this needs to be pushed up the timeline.
Wyatt Best commented
My college also needs the ability to have "hidden" or "secret" groups, not just "private" groups. Students are asking to join ridiculous things, like a Teams group for scholarship processing and a Planner group for a database upgrade project.
Management is reluctant to embrace groups because of the chaos.
John Holroyd commented
++ for 'Secret' groups, and add the ability for admins to restrict the right to create groups to public/private or private only to certain subsets of users.
It's a total no brainer.
Gary McCune commented
We killed Teams because of this. Now it looks athough we need to squelch user's ability to make groups as well.
Please, Microsoft, please stop rolling out new O365 features before you have admin options in place to manage them.
David Crabbe commented
It's possible to hide from the GAL, but the Suggested Groups seems to work on social distance (via Graph presumably) and doesn't respect the "hidden" status of the Group.
Eighteen months on from the response and this still isn't implemented... To echo the other commenters, this should have been in place from the start. Please address this issue.
Mr G commented
Seriously, near future? Come on. All we require here is smoke and mirrors. There are no security implications.
All we need to do is hide groups that people dont have access too. I dont know anyone who manages an O365 tennant with self service group membership! It's ridiculous that this is the default use case.
this is something that should have been there from the beginning since it is represents branches or department or other organizational issues.
What is your definition of "near future"
Vojtech Weiss commented
This menu item is useless, and only takes place. Could you please allow users to disable or hide it? It is annoying, one updates his/her office install only to find out sidebars crowded by new menu items nobody asked for.
Paul Ewert commented
The ability to set a Group as private now exists, but the default of Public is wreaking havoc on the trust of our users in or very large tenancy. As Tenant Admins, we need the ability to change the default setting from Public to Private such that a Group--when created--is created as a Private Group instead of as Public.
Mark Burland commented
This, this and so, so this. I'm having to disable vast swathes of functionality for my school. I don't get how this is even usable in a school environment!?
Lawrence Duff commented
This is ridiculous. Being able to security-skin items to prevent unwanted requests for access is a security fundamental dating back decades.
What sort of methodology are MS using to develop Office 365 - smells like an Agile / Scrum mess?
Any update on this? We are a University that requires "Private" groups. We have non -members continually requesting to join because its viewable (even though its a private staff group).
If it were viewable only to group members this would not be an issue.. This seems like it should be an easy fix!?
Uwe Bitburger Brewery commented
For special groups was it importend that user can set the hide-Flag.
Janice Gatchell commented
Please give us the ability to hide O365 groups from GAL.
my Private group still receives emails from non members because of course we cant hide it. and yes please, define near!!
Hermine Turner commented
Please define near . . . I have management to placate - I do not see it on the Roadmap
William Holmes commented
This should be much more than a roadmap item. This is a basic security feature in an enterprise system, its not clear why it would have ever been left out. The last update from the Microsoft Team was one year ago yesterday.
When will the requirement be met?
Eric A commented
Is there any update on this feature? This lack of functionality renders Office 365 groups effectively useless for us, and I would Imagine many others.