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Block apps from accessing G Suite data with app access control

What is changing? 

Last year, Google launched app access control feature to help all G Suite customers and Cloud Identity Control access to G Suite data via OAuth 2.0 by domain-owned and third-party apps. Now, Google is improving this by allowing admins to block apps from accessing any OAuth 2.0 scope any. This makes it easy for customers to quickly restrict applications that are considered high risk or intrusive.

If an app is blocked, it won't be able to access any data from Google services. It will be blocked whether the app is on iOS, Android or web. If the user tries to authorize the app, they will see an authorization error message. Administrators can custom error message this if they choose.

Who will be affected? 


Why you’d use it 

G Suite has a strong development ecosystem, with thousands of apps available through the G Suite Marketplace and directly to customers, and a rich API framework that allows customers to develop custom apps. However, not all apps comply with the privacy policy of every enterprise customer, so google customers and partners value controls for managing third-party apps. access to G Suite data

Previously, admins could trust or limit the access of specific apps. Now, google is streamlining this to make it easier for you to manage thousands of potential apps and help you block apps faster when needed. By adding the option to block apps, you can quickly and effectively protect your data when apps are infringing or high-risk.

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You can now block your application's access to the OAuth 2.0 scope through the Admin console. 

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Applications can now be trusted, limited or blocked

Getting started 

  • Admin: Scroll to Admin console > Security > API controls > App access control to start using the feature. Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to control which third-party and internal apps access G Suite data.
  • End users: There are no end-user settings for this feature. 



  • Available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits customers
  • Not available to G Suite Essentials and G Suite Enterprise Essentials customers

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