In what could be described as one of the most bizarre updates ever, Slack is giving unrestricted access to your company to download and read your private chats. It means your private conversation or DMs are no longer private, and can be accessed by your boss. So, when next you are tempted to gossip about your colleague in the office, you may have to consider the implication.
This week, Slack announced some changes to its policies—including the one that gives organizations paying for Plus and Enterprise Grid plans access to a self-service export tool to download all data from their workplace. If you work in an organization that not only uses Slack, but pays for the Plus and Enterprise Grid plans, then watch your back.
“Workspace Owners and Admins can import and export data to and from their workspace,” Slack said.
Well, the new tool doesn’t work for all categories of Slack users. In organizations where Slack is free, the old rules remain operational—no changes. Bosses in those organizations would need “valid legal process” or your consent or a requirement or right under applicable laws to pull your data. This same rule applies to Standard plans members—they need certain permissions to access and download your data.
Slack, one of the most used chat apps in work place, last January announced updates to its shared channels to help businesses deal with classified information.
The beta version of Slack’s shared channels first made its entry back in September. It’s a feature that makes it easier for two distinct individuals to collaborate from different organizations. It provides a common platform for both sides to use the platform [Slack].
Private share channels will help users keep certain conversations private or classified. The prerogative of determining whether a channel is private or public is, however, that of admins—and that of course, means a channel in a work place can either be private or public.
Slack also added a new channels admin section to workspace menus. The duty of this new admin will be to simplify how shared channels are being managed. Admins will also be able to among other things, create new shared channels, and view pending shared channels invitations.
Also added is an Enterprise Grid feature for public channels. Enterprise Grid will provide centralized administrative controls and security integrations with a view to assuring CIOs and other top-ranking execs that the Slack platform is secure enough for a wider roll out within an organization.
Those changes are aimed at convincing businesses that Slack is one of the best platforms for businesses to conveniently communicate. Channels will be added by default, which means every staff member of an organization is automatically added. Option to make membership compulsory was also added at the time the update was announced barely two months ago.