New privilege in Admin console will make transferring data ownership easier

Currently, super admins and delegated admins with the Drive service privilege can transfer Google Drive content from one employee to another in the Drive section of the Admin console. Recently, we introduced a new Data Transfer privilege in the Admin console (located under Admin roles > Privileges > Admin API Privileges). Over the course of the following week, super admins and those delegated admins who already have the Drive service privilege will have this Data Transfer privilege enabled automatically.

Once that auto-enablement takes place for your domain, you and any other admins will need to have both the Drive service privilege and the Data Transfer privilege in order to transfer data in the Drive section of the Admin console. Note that super admins will continue to be the only admins allowed to transfer data when deleting users. They’ll also have the option to revoke the Data Transfer privilege from any delegated admin.

In the near future, we’ll introduce a Data Ownership Transfer API, which will require this Data Transfer privilege and allow admins to programmatically transfer ownership of various Google data—in bulk—from one employee to another. We’ll provide more details when that API is available.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

Admins only

Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Transfer ownership of Drive documents
Administrator privilege definitions