Team owners should be able to see all private channels within their team
As a site owner, I should have access to all content within the team. If I allow members to create private channels, I should be able to see that a private channel was created and have access to that channel.
I like the idea of private channels, but the On or Off it a bit basic, maybe an option to limit PC to Team owners as well. That way we can set it so only Team owners can setup PC and select which members have access.
Javier Martinez commented
The Team owner should have ultimate control over their team, just like a Site Collection Admin has ultimate control over the owners and members of a SharePoint site. If the Teams owner allows for members to create private channels that is fine, but when the private channel is created then the Teams Owner O365 Group should be the site admin of that private channel, as it is for the initially created/related SharePoint Teams site that is created. The creator of the private channel could be either an owner or member of the related site, but ultimately the Team Owners should be the Site Collection Admins, having over arching administration of the SharePoint site.
If a member of a team wants a completely isolated private channel that not even the owner of the Team can see, then they should just create their own Team.
One of the team members left my department. Before he left the department, he created a private channel. I cannot see the private channel name that he has created from manage team/channel setting.
To make matter worse, I cannot remove him from my Team because he is the last person of the private channel. how can I remove him from my Team?
John-Rock Bilodeau commented
I work in education and we've had to disable Private Channels for the organization because this would give kids the ability to create private channels within class team where the teacher has no access to the content or the discussion. This could be used for cyber bullying and other unwanted / unsupervised discussions and sharing of content. Unfortunately this also means that we can't use private channel's for staff team.
Based on what i've read https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/private-channels the team owner can by default on see that private channel is created, and can delete it, but won't be able to see the content unless the creator of the channel give them access.
I agree that the owner of the Team should maintain inherited access to any private channel created within their Team. If people don't want the owner Team's owner to have access, then they should create their own separate team.
Jeremy Miller commented
Owners can already see Private Channels even if they aren’t a member of them. They show up under Manage Team>Channels.
If they can see the content though, it negates the “private” nature of the channel. From the Team settings they can turn off the ability for members to create a PC if they don’t want members to creat them.
Peter Holdridge commented
I agree, this feature will reduce admin overhead and provide transparency to the Team Owner who controls the team.
It would actually be even better if ONLY the owner can create private channels. All owners should be added to private channels.