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Prevent public links

Public links allow users to share individual Confluence pages with anyone who has the link, even if that person doesn’t have access to Confluence or an Atlassian account. Learn about public links

You can use the data security policy public links rule to prevent people using public links in Confluence. Learn about data security policies

Configuration options

The public links rule has two configuration options:

  • Allow public links - allows users to create and share public links.

  • Don’t allow existing and future public links - prevents users from creating and sharing public links. Any existing public links will be turned off.

Public links rule configuration options

When you change the policy rule, it may take up to 10 minutes for the change to take effect in Confluence. For example, if you change the rule from Don’t allow to Allow, it may take about 10 minutes for the public links toggle on a page to be available again.

What will my users experience?

When the public links rule is set to Don’t allow existing and future public links:

  • Users won’t be able to turn on public links for pages. They’ll see a message that public links aren’t allowed.

  • All existing public links will be turned off. If you later change the policy rule to allow public links, these links won’t be turned back on automatically.

  • Admins in Confluence can’t allow public links or change any public links settings in Global permissions or Space permissions. They’ll see a message that public links aren’t allowed.

When the public links rule is set to Allow public links:

  • Whether public links are available will depend on the settings in Global permissions and Space permissions.

  • Spaces created while the public links rule was set to Don’t allow will also respect the settings in Global permissions and Space permissions.

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