Create a request and define search settings

In this article: Learn how to create a request in Priva to begin fulfilling a subject rights request. Understand search settings for data retrieval and how to refine your search.

Users must hold all roles in the Subject Rights Request Administrators role group (see Priva permissions) to create a request. There are two ways you can create a request:

  • From a template, a quick "out-of-box" option that uses tailored default settings; or
  • The custom option, which is a guided process to walk through all settings.


The first time you visit the Subject Rights Requests solution, we offer a simplified way to create a request and explore features. See Getting started with your first request below.

Request types

Priva Subject Rights Requests supports four types of requests:

  1. Access: Provides a summary of the data subject’s personal information held by your organization in Microsoft 365.

  2. Export: Provides a summary and an exported file of content items that contain the data subject’s personal information. These are the items reviewed and marked as Included during your review of the data collected by your search settings.

  3. Tagged list for follow up: Generates a summary of files that were tagged during data review. You can view tags provided by Priva and set up custom tags in Priva settings.

  4. Delete: Deletes content items containing a data subject's personal information. These are the items marked as Include during your review of the data collected, after approval is complete.


    Creating and managing a delete request involves unique steps in addition to what's listed in this article. See detailed instructions at Create and manage a delete request.

Getting started with your first request

When you start a trial or subscription of Subject Rights Requests, we offer a simple, out-of-box setup for your first request that uses default settings. This setup can help you explore the subject rights request workflow and get familiar with its functionality.

The first time you arrive at the Subject Rights Requests page, you'll see a banner at the top with a Get started button. When a user selects this button, a flyout pane appears with that user's information pre-populated into the name and email fields, and shows all the default settings.

Exploring request functionality with your information: Trying out a subject rights request based on your own information can help you gain familiarity and comfort with moving through each stage of the process. You'll see what a default search will return, and can practice refining results by adjusting search settings. On the Data collected tab, you can review items in the preview area to the right and practice redacting text, applying tags, entering notes, and marking items to include or exclude for the final report (find details at Review data for a subject rights request).

  • You don't have to use your information to create your first request. If you're ready to start a request for a data subject, replace your name and email address with the data subject's information.

To accept all settings and create the request, select Create. The pane will close and you'll see your new request listed on your Subject Rights Requests page. To change any of the default settings before creating the request, select Edit request details, which puts you into the subject rights request creation wizard.


Any request you create will count toward your trial or paid subscription allotment, regardless of which data subject's information is used for the request. The standard 30-day data retention period applies after the request is closed. Learn how to change retention periods for subject rights requests.

Quick setup: Use a template with default settings

When creating a request directly from a template, the default settings are intended to help get you up and running quickly. The three templates correspond to the three request types: Data access, Data export, and Data tagged for further action. You can view the default settings of a template and make changes during the request creation process.

Selecting the relationship

Each template allows you to select the type of relationship between the data subject and your organization, which in turn determines default settings. The points below explain how the relationship you choose affects search settings in templates:

  • Current employee: Search results are tailored to avoid emails or Teams chats that the employee has participated in, or files that the employee authored. This setting streamlines search results, as current employees generally have access to content they authored or communication they participated in.

  • Former employee: Search settings prioritize the former employee's mailbox (if available), and items authored by the employee. These settings aim to return content that former employees generated or participated in.

  • Customer, Prospective employee, and Other: Search results for these relationships won't include content authored by the data subject, and will only include the most recent versions of SharePoint items (learn more at advanced search options).


On the main Subject Rights Requests page, you can sort your list of requests by relationship in the Relation to org column.

Steps for creating a request from a template

  1. In the Microsoft Purview compliance center, select Priva Subject Rights Requests in the left navigation.

  2. In the top right corner of the screen, select Create a request.

  3. Find the type of request you want to create—Data access, Data export, or Data tagged for further action— and select Get started. A flyout pane will appear.

  4. At Relationship to organization, select the option that describes the relationship between the data subject and your organization. If you select Other, an Other relationship text field appears in the flyout pane. Enter a term that makes sense for your organization; for example, "patient" or "student."

  5. If you want to review all the default settings and make changes to any of them, select the View settings button. The settings will appear on the flyout pane. To change any settings, select Edit settings, which takes you into the guided process outlined below.

  6. Enter the data subject's details:

    • First and last name, and email address, are required fields. For current and former employees, typing the data subject's name into the Search for a data subject field will bring up a list of users to choose from. You can also select the link underneath that field to manually enter their name and email.
    • It's optional to enter the data subject's country of residence, the privacy regulation associated to their request, and a timeframe.


    The default timeframe will search for content created or modified within the last 12 months. You can change this setting to select all content created at any time, or set a custom timeframe.

  7. When you're done, select Create. You'll be taken back to your Subject Rights Request page with your new request listed at the top of the request list.

By default, your request is named with the data subject's name and type of request. To edit the request name, select the request from the list to open its details page and select the Edit command at the top of the screen. You'll arrive at the request creation wizard. Select Next until you advance to the Request name page, where you can edit the name and add a description.

None of the templates pause automatically at the data estimate stage. However, you can change this and other search settings by selecting View Settings on the template's flyout pane.

Custom setup: Guided process to choose all settings

The custom request option is a guided process for creating a policy. You'll start by choosing a template, and then walk through each setting to customize your policy. The instructions below give details about basic settings that apply to each of the three policy types. Where the settings differ by policy type, we'll link to specific instructions.

Follow the steps below to create a request:

  1. In the Microsoft Purview compliance portal, select Priva Subject Rights Requests in the left navigation.

  2. In the top right corner of the screen, select Create a request.

  3. Under the Custom option, select Get started. You'll be taken into the request creation wizard.

  4. On the Data subject information page, entering the data subject's first and last names is optional, but the email address is required. Select Add data subject identifier to provide more information to help the search, such as nicknames, address, or phone number. Select Add residency to choose the data subject's country of residence. Select the option that identifies how the data subject is related to your organization. If you choose Other, enter a term to describe the relationship that makes sense for your organization; for example, "patient" or "student." Select Next to move to the next step.

  5. On the Locations page, decide where you want to search for the data subject's information. Choose one or both of the following locations by moving the status toggle switch next to each option to the On position:

    • Exchange: look for data in Exchange mailboxes and in individual or group Teams chats. You can choose to search all Exchange accounts in your organization, or select Choose accounts to select individual users from the Exchange mailboxes flyout pane.

    • SharePoint: look for data in SharePoint sites, OneDrive for Business sites, and Teams channels. You can choose to search all SharePoint sites in your organization, or select Choose sites to select individual users from the SharePoint sites flyout pane.


    For help with identifying the appropriate search terms, refer to the following topics:

    • SharePoint sites and URLs: Manage sites in the SharePoint admin center gives guidance on how to sort and filter sites, and how to search for a SharePoint site. Use this to find URLs to enter in the search field on the SharePoint sites flyout pane.
    • Teams chats and channels: Get-Team shows how to find teams in Microsoft Teams by providing specific properties or information.
    • OneDrive sites and URLs: About OneDrive URLs provides information about the proper format and properties for a user's OneDrive URL. Use this to help you identify OneDrive sites in your search.
  6. On the Define search settings page, you can elect to make changes to the default search by choosing among various advanced search options. Here's where you can also choose to get an estimate first before data is automatically returned. If you choose any of these options, when you select Next you'll proceed to additional screens. Get details at Define search settings below. If you don't want to change your search, leave all options blank and select Next to advance to the next stage.

  7. On the Select the type of request page, choose the request type: Access, Export, or Tagged list for follow up (see descriptions above). Indicate whether the request pertains to a data privacy regulation. Review or make changes to completion deadline, which defaults to two weeks past the request creation date. Then select Next.

  8. On the Confirm or edit the name of this request page, you can keep or edit the friendly name that's provided for the request, and enter an optional description. Then select Next.

  9. On the Review and finish page, review the summary of what you've entered during the previous steps. Any field can be edited by selecting the Edit link in each section. When you're done, select Create request.

You'll see a confirmation screen once the request has been created. Select Done to return to the main Subject Rights Requests screen. The new request will be listed at the top of your list of requests. Select it from the list to start reviewing and working through the progress stages.

What happens after your request is created

We'll calculate an estimate of the amount of data it expects to find based on your search parameters begins immediately. Visit your request's details page in a few minutes to one hour to see the results of the estimate and whether the request has moved onto the next stage. Your request will automatically progress from Data estimate to Data retrieval except in the following circumstances:

  • If you selected to receive a data esimtae first in Step 5, Define search settings, you'll be able to view details about your search and make changes to your search before all the data is retrieved. You'll need to manually advance to the next stage of Data retrieval if you paused at Data estimate.

  • If you didn't choose to stop at data estimate, but we predict your search will yield a large volume of data, you'll see a message bar across the top of your request with a link to edit your search before proceeding to Data retrieval.

Visit Data estimate and retrieval to learn more about these stages.

Defining search settings

When you create a subject rights request, a default search will run based on your selections on the Locations page of the creation wizard. If you want to conduct a more targeted search, or if you want to choose to get an estimate of your data before content items are retrieved, you can make those selections on the Search settings page of the request creation wizard.

Advanced search options

  • Refine your search: This option allows you to specify extra properties to help identify the data subject among your organization's data. After choosing this option, you'll be prompted to add more search parameters, explained below in Refining your search.
  • Include content authored by the data subject: This option will look for content that has been authored by the data subject. Examples include files created by, or uploaded to SharePoint by, the data subject. Selecting this option may significantly increase the amount of data returned.
  • Include all versions of items: If you selected SharePoint as a search location, the default search query will return only the current version of SharePoint items. Checking this box will return the current and all previous versions of SharePoint items, yielding a significantly larger amount of data for you to review.


You may choose to upload additional material to enable Priva to identify data subjects based on exact data values. To learn more, see Data matching for Subject Rights Requests.

Data estimate

The Get an estimate first option will present an estimate of how much data we expect to find before your data is automatically retrieved. When your estimate is displayed on the request's details page, you can choose to view the search results and preview a sampling of items that were discovered. If the items represent the expected results, you'll need to select Retrieve data in order to proceed with the actual retrieval of content items. Get more details about the data estimate stage.

If you choose Refine your search on the Search settings page, or if you've paused at the Data estimate stage and choose to edit your search query, you'll be prompted to provide one or more conditions to further target your search results. When you're done making selections in this section, the data retrieval for the request will be based on your search settings.

The details explained below are also what you'll be asked to provide if you've paused at the Data estimate stage and choose to edit your search query.


On the Define search settings page, select Add search conditions. A Refine your search flyout pane will open. Select Add conditions to see a menu of options for the conditions you can provide. Examples include item name, sender and recipient names, personal data type, and whether the item was shared externally outside of your organization. When you select an item from the menu, you'll enter a value and designate whether the search should include any, all, or none of the value you enter. The text fields for the values support multiple entries separated by a semicolon. When you're done adding conditions, select Save to close the flyout pane, then select Next.

Next steps

Once you create your request, you’ll see it listed on your subject rights request page. To learn more about how to proceed with review, see Review data and collaborate on requests.

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