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.
Hermine Turner commented
Is there a way to hide a specific O365 group administratively? Our administrative staff received requests to join a private group from some users and the group was meant not to be seen by them. This request is almost 2 years old.
Another missing 'feature' that makes 365 Groups unusable for I assume most customers. Why are these features even rolled out when they have such glaring issues?
It's been almost a year since O365 Feedback Team responded that this feature is in the plans. It's April 3, 2017 and I have just encountered this very issue. No new team members should be able to see or request access to Private groups - that defeats the purpose entirely. This seems incredibly obvious. Make this fix.
And this should also be applied to Teams as i can see groups created there also.
A must have feature.
I created a Private O365 Group that needed to remain confidential outside of the group's members. Was told by an O365 support tech that making a group private would prevent it from being visible for non-members. They told me that I just need to run the following script to hide it from the GAL:
Set-UnifiedGroup -Identity O365GroupEmailAddress -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $true
I did this and it worked. However, I noticed that the group is still visible in OWA, even for non-members! Sure they can't access the group but they can see the name of the group and request access. This is unacceptable for groups that need to remain confidential.
Only workaround for me is using a non-descriptive, generic group name now that I know it's visible for all of my users. However, this is unusable and confusing if a user is a member of multiple groups. I agree with the other comments that there should at least be an additional privacy setting for groups to keep them completely hidden.
After all, the group is private for a reason.
I hope this also includes hiding it in OWA. Even if i use a powershell script to hide it in GAL it doesnt hide in OWA. thank you.
Skip Dalrymple commented
Any update here O365 Feedback Team?
O365 Feedback Team, When in the future? 2017, 2018, 2020???
If I create a private group I would expect it to not show up automatically in the Global Address book (or at least give me the option to have it appear or not). A Secret groups in addition to Private groups would be most welcomed - the sooner the better.
I would like to see O365 Groups hidden by default, especially if its a private group. With the integration of Groups with other parts, such as Planner, everytime a user creates a new Plan, it shows up in the GAL. That is ridiculous and in a larger organization will quickly make the GAL confusing and unusable. Admins cannot be expected to manually powershell hide every individual group, especially when they can be created by users at will.
In whole, I believe O365 Groups does not have nearly enough Admin control. Until some of these items can be managed, our organization will be leaving Groups disabled.
To go even further, our organization is using Skype Cloud PBX with Auto Attendant Preview. The Auto Attendant 'Dial by Name' feature uses the GAL (actually Azure Active Directory) to search for users when external callers enter or speak who they want to reach. Guess what else is returned to callers, beyond just our users? Every O365 Group in our directory!!! To anyone who calls our Auto Attendant!!!!
In the school setting, we are having students able to see the global address for private teacher groups and can send a message to the whole group. This becomes a huge issue. Please hide the global addresses to private groups.
We would like to see this too. We have had students request to join private faculty groups. I'm sure it was not meant as anything nefarious. Just curiosity and "Let's see what this button does". It would be nice to able to just have them hidden.
Is there a timeline as when Office Groups can be hidden as well as private? We also have the issue that even knowing the group exists is too much information for all to see.
Can the groups added by Classroom be hidden by default?
We will have approx 20,000 Groups created every year, if they are visible it will be extremely difficult to find actual O365 groups.
Patrick Olson commented
I am finding that Private Groups are visible and I am unable to Hide Membership
Set-UnifiedGroup -identity groupanme -HiddenGroupMembershipEnabled=$True
Errors out every time.
Jesse Thompson commented
Even if the group itself is not hidden, the members of a private group should be hidden.