A long outstanding request from Teams Administrators is the ability to control 1:1 Call recording independently of Teams Meeting Recording. We're pleased to announce these controls are almost here.
Today, any user allowed to record Teams meetings can also record 1:1 Calls. This setting is currently governed by Teams Meeting Policy parameter AllowCloudRecording. Very soon, 1:1 Call Recording will be governed by a new parameter in Teams Calling Policies, AllowCloudRecordingForCalls.
In fact, the AllowCloudRecordingForCalls parameter is there now, and you should take immediate action to ensure your users have the desired experience once we begin enforcing this policy, current Plan of Record is to start the rollout April 12, 2021.
What this means for you as a Teams Administrator depends on what your business requirements are. If you are fine with your users recording 1:1 Calls, you will need to take action to ensure they can continue to do so after the new Policy goes into effect. Because of the policy requirements of a significant majority of Teams customers, 1:1 Call Recording will be disabled by default. Further, the new policy is only manageable through PowerShell.
So, if you would like your users to continue to have the ability to record 1:1 Calls after April 12, 2021 - you should take action now. What action? Set -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls to $True in the Calling Policy applied to the desired Users. For many of you this will be the Global Default policy and for that, the change can be achieved with the following PowerShell cmdlet:
Set-CsTeamsCallingPolicy -Identity Global -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls $True
If however you want some users to be prevented from recording 1:1 Calls, you would modify the appropriate policy by setting -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls to $False. Keep in mind, $False will be the default value for the Global and any out-of-the-box a.k.a. "OOB" Calling Policies when this change rolls out.
OOB Calling Policies cannot be modified - so if you have users with OOB Calling Policies set you will need to move those users to a new policy if you want them to be able to record 1:1 Calls. Based on customer feedback we expect this case to be somewhat rare - but just in case we've provided you an example PowerShell script that copies your existing Calling Policies and creates new policies with -AllowCloudRecordingForCalls set to $True. We hope this eases the administrative burden of preparing for this change and also gives you a cool example of how to make a copy of a Teams Policy (yes, with appropriate modifications this script can make a copy of other Teams policies, not just Calling!).
Be sure to read the ReadMe file there for important instructions (requires MicrosoftTeams ps module, 2.0.0 or higher, for example).
From my test tenant, running the script example:
And, this is what it looks like in the Teams Admin Center after I've copied my Calling Policies with the script:
In my case, I had a 'CustomCalls' custom Calling Policy created as the only non-default (OOB) policy in my Tenant. You may have others, and you can copy only select policies if you wish, the script will prompt you.
At this point I would use my preferred method of applying the new policies that allow 1:1 Call recording to my desired user set. Remember, you do have to Grant these policies to users for the setting to take effect.
TLDR: 1:1 Call Recording Policy controls are coming starting April 12, 2021. Default will be disabled. If you want your users to be able to continue recording 1:1 Calls in Teams - you need to make policy changes now to ensure they can continue to do so. If you are OK with the default (disabled) - no action is required!
First, you may be wondering what constitutes a 1:1 Call vs a Meeting? If you schedule a Meeting with 1 other person only, is that a 1:1 Call? Nope. That's a Meeting, and will be governed by Meeting Policies. So will a Meet Now. If you call someone, then add video, or screensharing, and then decide to Record - that's a 1:1 Call and will be governed by Calling Policies.
Second, this new Calling Policy Parameter does not apply to PSTN calls, yet. That's coming later. For the moment you cannot record PSTN calls or calls with Skype for Business users in Teams.
And last but not least, this new policy setting relates to the Microsoft Teams Recording solution for 1:1 calls. This setting does not affect 1:1 Compliance Recording, which is still controlled via the Compliance Recording policy.
As always we hope this information is useful for you, please comment the blog with any questions or feedback.