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Power BI July 2021 Update
Part four of a four-part series of blogs

This month's update sees the launch of small multiples, a range of new dynamic format properties and the roll-out of sensitivity labels.

  1. Power BI July 2021 Update
  2. Small multiples
  3. Lots more conditional properties available
  4. Sensitivity Labels (this blog)

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Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2021

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Sensitivity Labels

Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels are something that users will either be very interested in (in which case here is a good place to start) or not at all interested in.  The aim of this blog is to help you decide into which camp you fall!

Export formats from Power BI

The point of sensitivity labels is to prevent a malicious user of your report from downloading and distributing sensitive data.

Unless I'm missing the point, there's nothing to stop someone taking a photograph or snapshot of sensitive data on screen, however!

The export formats covered when using Power BI Service are:

  • Exporting to Excel, PDF and PowerPoint format
  • Using the Analyze in Excel feature
  • Creating a pivot a table in Excel linked to a Power BI report
  • Downloading a Power BI report

if you're using Power BI Desktop, by contrast, you won't be able to open a report for which you don't have sufficient rights.

Applying sensitivity labels

To be able to use sensitivity labels you will have to meet these requirements:

  1. You will need an Azure Information Protection licence.
  2. You must have a Power BI Pro or Premium-Per-User licence.
  3. You must enable sensitivity labels in the Tenant Settings pane of your Power BI admin portal.

The above should be enough to convince you that unless you work within the IT department of a very large organisation you don't need to know or use sensitivity labels.

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