Expand your visibility over your cloud provider
Access Transparency gives you near real-time logs when Google Cloud Platform
administrators access your content. GCP’s Cloud Audit Logs already provide visibility
into the actions of your own administrators. However, this audit trail typically
stops once your cloud provider’s support or engineering team is engaged. For example,
prior to Access Transparency logging, if you opened a ticket with Google Support
that would require data access, it would not have been reflected in a Cloud Audit
Log. Access Transparency closes that gap, capturing near real-time logs of manual,
targeted accesses by either support or engineering.
At Google Cloud, we do not access customer data for any reason
other than those necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations to you.
Technical controls require valid business justifications for any access by support
or engineering personnel to your content. Google also performs regular audits of
accesses by administrators as a check on the effectiveness of our controls.