Introduction

For a long time, Team Administrators of Microsoft Teams were requesting 1:1 call recording controls. And to their surprise, the feature is almost here. Now, the company will be rolling out the controls for the independent call recording very soon.

From May 31st, 2021, any user having the permission to record Teams Meetings can also record 1:1 calls. But, you must note that this is done under the Teams Meeting Policy parameter. According to the company, this parameter is called AllowCloudRecording.

But, the company will soon shift this 1:1 Call Recording under the Calling policies with a new parameter. It will be called AllowCloudRecordingForCalls.

If you’re a Teams Meetings user, you should review and ensure that the new parameter is applied properly. The company is going to enforce the new calling policies very soon. It will start the rollout on May 31, 2021.

Will the new Policy Changes Affect you?

Now, the question is should you care about the new policy changes? How it may affect you and your meetings? Well, if you’re a Teams Administrator, the new policy may affect you as per your business requirements.

  • If your users are currently recording 1:1 calls and you’re fine with that, ensure that after the policy changes, they’re unaffected. For that, you need to be proactive as and when the new policy will come into force.
  • Microsoft has taken this decision based on the significant majority of Teams customers. By default, the control for 1:1 call recording will be disabled.
  • Not only this but the new policy will be controlled and managed through PowerShell.

So, if you want to users have can record 1:1 calls after May 31, 2021, then you need to take action right now. The action of setting AllowCloudRecordingForCalls to $True in the new Calling Policy.

The changes in the new policy can be achieved through the given PowerShell cmdlet:

Set-CsTeamsCallingPolicy -Identity Global -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls $True

In case you wish to prevent some users from recording 1:1 calls, you may change the policy by typing –AllowCloudRecordingForCalls to $False. Remember, the $False value is by default the value in the Global. And any out-of-the-box (OOB) calling policies when the new changes are taken into force.

OOB comes under Calling Polices. So, they cannot be altered. If you have some users having OOB Calling Policies, you will need to transfer them to a new policy. Only after the transfer, they will be able to record 1:1 calls.

Conclusion

So, by default, the 1:1 Call Recording controls will be disabled starting from May 31, 2021. If you want your users to keep recording the calls, you need to make changes to the policy now. But, if you’re fine with the default function (disabled), then you don’t need to do anything for it.

With Microsoft Teams Meeting policy being in the action, how do you think it will affect businesses? Are you happy with the new policy changes in 1:1 Call Recording? You can let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

By Adam

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