Data protection enhancements


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Enabled for Public preview General availability
Users by admins, makers, or analysts Dec 31, 2020 To be announced

Feature details

Providing information protection capabilities in Power BI is critical to enabling our customers to control and protect their sensitive enterprise data. To achieve this goal, we have integrated the capabilities of Microsoft’s leading security solutions for information protection, threat protection, and Microsoft Cloud app security.

Some of these data protection enhancements are already available. This includes allowing customers to classify and label sensitive data in Power BI. These labels are displayed throughout the Power BI service and in the Power BI mobile apps, and label-specific permissions are enforced when data is exported out of Power BI. Customers can also monitor user access and activity including real-time risk analysis and protection.

Moving forward, we are continuing to strengthen these capabilities, by allowing customers to:

  • apply sensitivity labels and protection to Power BI Desktop files (.pbix).
  • persist sensitivity labels and enforce protection in Power BI Embedded (SaaS embedding).
  • support inheritance of labels between artifacts, starting with inheritance upon creation of new Power BI assets.

Sensitivity labels are currently available and will persist when applied to Power BI content and exported to Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files; however, with this release we are taking Sensitivity labels one step further. When you connect to a Power BI dataset from Excel, that dataset's sensitivity label will be inherited and applied to the Excel file and all associated outcomes, such as headers/footers and encryption.

Set sensitivity label

Export to Excel

See also

Data protection in Power BI (docs)