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Approval Process for Gateways / Prevent Personal Gateways

Build an approval process for Gateways before they become Active on a tenant. The approval process would be manged by the Power BI Admin. This approval process could be a feature the Power BI Admin can enable / disable, defaulting to disabled to retrain backward compatibility.

Current reality allows anyone with a Pro License to push any internal data they have access too to the service. With the right permission they can then push this data public without restrictions.

This feature is a must have in an Enterprise concerned about how data is used / managed. Just because some has access to a data source doesn't mean Data Admin wan't this source to become publicly available via Power BI Service.

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      • Michael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1. This is a serious security flaw that needs at a minimum, the ability to be turned on and off at the tenant level.

      • Harrison Irias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a major data security issue. I can't believe Microsoft would release a functionality like this without giving Admin's a way to control it. This can lead to potential data leaks all over a company and has me reevaluating our Power BI Subscriptions.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This really needs to be resolved.

        If admins cannot control this, we are risking security and data integrity issues.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a big security hole for us. We have an enterprise gateway, which allows us to see what data sources are being accessed and control access (which is great), but this all goes out the window because anybody in the company can install a personal gateway. We don't know what data is flying around the place.

        Appreciate the flexibility is great for some organizations, but not ours. We please need a way to disable personal gateways at the organizational level.

      • Russ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am in the same boat as others...while office 365 auditing has kept the wolves at bay, we still need the ability to prevent personal gateways, approve who can do a gateway (or whitelist users), and be able to see settings of all gateways for reporting/auditing purposes.

        I know gateways are not 100% a BI resource and is available for use with other PowerApps, should it be spun off to its own team so that concerns like the ones mentioned below can be corrected? I have been waiting almost a year like Ray and no mention of these security issues being addressed.

      • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a MUST for our org to use Power BI at an enterprise level. Power BI Admin console does not provide enough audit and controls for admins.

      • Noel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I like Casey's idea of a simple tenant setting that will enable/disable personal gateways. The individual approval process requested by Ray sounds great but I would imagine Casey's idea is faster for the Power BI team to implement.

      • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are a large number of governance and data security issues which need to be addressed.

        This was one we had not considered but is quite valid and concerning.

      • Casey Cook commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There should be a tenant setting that will enable/disable using personal gateways. This will help resolve issues with supporting/troubleshooting datasets on large BI teams. It will also help appease the security compliance guys.

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