Create notifications for exact data match activities

When you create custom sensitive information types with exact data match (EDM), there are a number of activities that are created in the audit log. You can use the New-ProtectionAlert PowerShell cmdlet to create notifications that let you know when these activities occur:

  • CreateSchema
  • EditSchema
  • RemoveSchema
  • UploadDataFailed
  • UploadDataCompleted


The ability to create notifications for EDM activities is available for the World Wide and GCC clouds only.


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The account you have one of the following roles:

  • Global administrator
  • Compliance administrator
  • Exchange Online administrator

To learn more about DLP permissions, see Permissions in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal.

EDM-based classification is included in these subscriptions:

  • Office 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance
  • Microsoft E5/A5 Information Protection and Governance

To learn more about DLP licensing, see Microsoft 365 licensing guidance for security & compliance.

Configure notifications for EDM activities

  1. Connect to the Security & Compliance PowerShell.

  2. Run the New-ProtectionAlert cmdlet using the activity that you want to create the notification for. For example, if you want to be notified when the UploadDataCompleted action occurred, run:

    New-ProtectionAlert -Name "EdmUploadCompleteAlertPolicy" -Category Others -NotifyUser <address to send notification to> -ThreatType Activity -Operation UploadDataCompleted -Description "Custom alert policy to track when EDM upload Completed" -AggregationType None

    For the UploadDataFailed you can run:

    New-ProtectionAlert -Name "EdmUploadFailAlertPolicy" -Category Others -NotifyUser <SMTP address to send notification to> -ThreatType Activity -Operation UploadDataFailed -Description "Custom alert policy to track when EDM upload Failed" -AggregationType None -Severity High