Manage Microsoft Teams meeting recording options for sensitive meetings

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Teams is designed to allow easy recording for meeting participants. If you have compliance requirements around how meeting recordings are used, there are several options available for administrators and meeting organizers to help you use meeting recordings in a compliant way.

The following table shows the features available to help you manage meeting recordings and where they're configured.

Setting Admin policy Sensitivity label Template Meeting organizer
Meeting recording overall Yes No No No
Who can record No Yes Yes Yes
Require participant agreement for recording Yes No No No
Record automatically No Yes Yes Yes
Recording expiration Yes No No No

The Teams Administrator has overall control over whether meeting recording is enabled. Both meeting organizers and administrators can configure who can record and whether meetings are automatically recorded by using sensitivity labels, meeting templates, and meeting organizer settings.

Manage who can record meetings

There are two options for who can record a meeting:

  • Organizers and co-organizers
  • Organizers, co-organizers, and presenters

This choice is normally made by the meeting organizer when they create the meeting. If you have meetings where sensitive information is being shared and you want to limit the ability to record to organizers only, you can enforce this setting by using a meeting template or sensitivity label.

If you need to prevent meetings from being recorded entirely, you must configure the Meeting recording meetings policy in the Teams admin center. This setting applies to the people or groups that you specify. It can't be applied via a meeting template or sensitivity label.

Require participant agreement for recording

You can require participants to agree to being recorded before they can unmute or turn on their camera. Consent results are stored in the meeting attendance report. This is controlled through a Teams meeting policy. For details, see Require participant agreement for recording.

Automatic recording

Meetings can be set to record automatically when they start. Normally, the meeting organizer makes this choice when they create the meeting.

If there are certain types of meetings that should always be recorded, you can enforce this option by using a meeting template or a sensitivity label.

If all of a particular type of meeting must be recorded (for example, all sensitive meetings), consider enforcing this by using a sensitivity label. If only certain sensitive meetings need to be recorded, consider using meeting templates to configure this setting. You can create two templates that both use the same label, one which automatically records and another which doesn't.

Recording lifecycle

By default, meeting recordings are deleted after 120 days. This is configured by using two policies in the Teams admin center:

  • Recordings automatically expire determines if meeting recordings are automatically deleted after a specified time.
  • Default expiration time specifies the number of days after which recordings are deleted. The default is 120.

When a meeting participant records a meeting, the recording is stored in their OneDrive. Channel meetings are stored in the SharePoint site associated with the channel. Because meeting recordings are .mp4 files, they can be moved or deleted like any other file. If a meeting recording is moved from its original location, the expiration setting will no longer affect it.

The expiration feature is meant for removing old recordings to save storage space. It's not meant for enforcing compliance requirements. If you have compliance requirements around how long meeting recordings are retained or when they're deleted, consider storing them in a SharePoint library where you can apply Microsoft Purview retention policies.

Configure recording options for your organization

For information about configuring admin meeting policies for meeting recordings, see Teams meeting recording.

For details about enforcing settings by using meeting templates and sensitivity labels, see Configure Teams meetings with protection for sensitive data and Configure Teams meetings with protection for highly sensitive data.

Introduction to Teams policy-based recording for callings & meetings

Configure Teams meetings with three tiers of protection

Options for meeting organizers in Microsoft Teams

Create a custom meeting template in Microsoft Teams

Use sensitivity labels to protect calendar items, Teams meetings, and chat