MC250959: Microsoft Information Protection: New conditions available for auto-labeling in Exchange Online

This update introduces new conditions for auto-labeling in Exchange Online. A policy can now apply a label to mail based on sender, recipient, subject, or header matches without requiring you to scan for sensitive content. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72225.

An auto-labeling policy can now apply a label to Exchange Online email based on sender, recipient, subject, or header matches without requiring a scan for sensitive content.

MC250959: Microsoft Information Protection: New conditions available for auto-labeling in Exchange Online

Affected Workloads

  • Microsoft 365 suite

When this will happen

Rollout will begin at the end of June (previously late May) and is expected to be complete by end of July (previously late June).

How this will affect your organization

Auto-labeling for sensitivity labels in Exchange helps you to automatically classify and protect emails by applying labels to mail data in transit. Currently, you can auto-label mail by looking for specific sensitive content (such as credit card) in the mail or attachment. Now you can choose a policy to apply a label to identify sensitive information in an email that you want labeled and the label can be applied automatically.

The full list of new conditions includes the following:

  • sender address
  • sender domain
  • sender address word match
  • sender address pattern match
  • recipient address pattern match
  • recipient membership
  • header pattern match
  • subject pattern match

In addition, an exception condition for all new and existing conditions is also available.

What you need to do to prepare

Needed permissions: To access this feature, users must be assigned to at least one of the following roles: Global Administrator, Security Administrator, or Compliance Administrator.

Learn more

Get started by reviewing documentation: Learn about sensitivity labels.

If you have not previously created any labels, refer to create and publish sensitivity labels. This is necessary before you can create any auto-labeling policy in Exchange.

Message ID: MC250959
Published: 16 April 2021
Updated: 22 June 2021