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Admins and page restrictions

Hi all,

We're thinking of using Confluence pages for HR-related confidential information, especially when onboarding newcomers, like integration plans, competency follow-ups and the like. The HR department is reluctant to let us use Confluence because they say admins can see restricted pages if they want to. According to this Atlassian article, space admins can see the list of restricted pages, but it says they have to remove restrictions to be able to see the page contents. Is that right? And is there a way to make a page completely restricted to the people specified, keeping even admins and gods out?




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JimmyVanAU Community Leader Sep 29, 2020

Hi Alain,

HR is correct in that by default Confluence administrators can see restricted pages if they want to. Following, the out of the box "confluence-administrators" group is a super user group that overrides system permissions and allows members of this group to see all pages.

While this is known, I've worked in many instances which have fixed this. To do this:

  1. Create a new group, for example "application-administrators", "atlassian-administrators" or "wiki-administrators". This can either be in your user directory or local to Confluence.
  2. Add all the appropriate members to the group.
  3. Under "Global Permissions" in Confluence, remove "confluence-administrators" and add your new group, ensuring you assign system admin privileges.

Then Confluence will lock out 'the gods' and behave as described in the article above. I strongly recommend testing this out in a demo environment (to avoid locking yourself out), and giving HR the assurances they're after.

Cheers, Jimmy

You can it like this, but you'll have to keep in mind, that the confluence global admins are able to restore the settings for the confluence-administrators group, so they can undo this configuration and workaround.

Thanks for the answers.  Bastian I agree with the confidence level management has to have with admins being diligent professionals, even if they access sensitive information. I haven't had any response from HR management yet so I'll have to wait before I can test this, but hopefully I'll get a green light and move on. I was looking for a solution and the one Jimmy provided would work for me.

Thanks again for your time.


Hi @Alain Beaulieu ,

welcome to the community.

Your HR team is right, Admins can get access to restricted pages.

It is right, that space admins can remove the restrictions. But they have to do explicitly, they can't access a restricted page by accident. Global admins in the confluence-administrators group can even access the pages without removing restrictions.

It is not possible to restrict a page in a way, that not even admins can access this page somehow.

But if the HR department doesn't think, that your admins are doing their job well and respect the privacy of data they are responsible for, there might be another problem.

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