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Mar012018

Google Adds User Groups for Richer Analytics User Management

Google is introducing more powerful new features thus increasing your ability to tightly manage who has access to your data, and amplify the impact of user management features with new user groups inside Google Analytics, and enforceable user policies.

User Groups

In order to simplify user management across teams Google now allow creating and using Users groups within Analytics, so you can grant same permissions to multiple people as individuals rotate into or out of a team.

Just visit either “Suite Home” or “Google Analytics,” and navigate to user management section, then click the “+” button. There, you will see add new groups option, which walk you through creating a user group, adding people to it, and assigning permissions to the group.

Here, an image of User Management page, highlighting new option to create a user group:

Enforced User Policies

Today, Google also enhanced user policies so you can choose to block policy-violating users from being added to Analytics accounts.

By default, the policies aren’t enforced, but an option to block violator additions through a toggle switch is provided when you create or edit your organization’s user policy. A screenshot of User policy setup showcasing new enforced policy option:

Google analytics User policy setup showcasing the new enforced policy option

Google notes, while User groups and enforced user policies are already supported in Analytics, it will be adding support for more products.

For those new, “Google Analytics 360 Suite user policies let you define which users will have access to your Analytics accounts.” And, when a user violates a policy, “a warning through the user management section in Analytics or Suite Home will appear,” and have the option to remove that user from your organization.

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