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Access Transparency and Access Approval

Help expand visibility and control over your cloud provider with admin access logs and approval controls.
  • Customer data is not accessed for any reason other than to fulfill contractual obligations

  • Valid business justification required for any access by support or engineering personnel

  • Near real-time logs offer insight when Google Cloud administrators access your content

  • Approve or dismiss requests for access by Google employees working to support your service

Benefits

Move to the cloud with confidence

Inability to audit cloud provider access can be a barrier to cloud migration. Access Transparency enables verification of cloud provider access, bringing your audit controls closer to on-premises conditions.

Approve access by Google Cloud support engineers

Access Approval lets you approve or dismiss requests for access by Google employees working to support your service.

Make oversight part of your existing workflows

Access Transparency logs are available through Cloud Logging and can be integrated directly into existing analysis pipelines or tool exports you have already set up.

Key features

Key features

Access approval

Explicitly approve access to your data or configurations on Google Cloud. Access Approval requests, when combined with Access Transparency logs, can be used to audit an end-to-end chain from support ticket to access request to approval, to eventual access.

Access justifications

View the reason for each access, including references to specific support tickets where relevant.

Resource and method identification

Identify the exact resources accessed by administrators and the methods run.

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Documentation

Documentation

Google Cloud Basics
How to enable Access Transparency logs

Learn how Access Transparency provides you with logs that capture the actions Google personnel take when accessing your content.

Best Practice
Reading Access Transparency logs

This page describes the contents of Access Transparency log entries.

Google Cloud Basics
Access Approval documentation

See how the Access Approval API enables controlling access to your organization’s data by Google personnel.

Quickstart
Access Approval quickstart

This page shows you how to set up Access Approval using the Google Cloud Console to receive email notifications of access requests on a project.

All features

All features

Access approval Explicitly approve access to your data or configurations on Google Cloud. Access Approval requests, when combined with Access Transparency logs, can be used to audit an end-to-end chain from support ticket to access request to approval, to eventual access.
Access justifications View the reason for each access, including references to specific support tickets where relevant.
Resource and method identification Identify the exact resources accessed by administrators and the methods run.
Cloud Logging integration Integrate seamlessly into your existing Cloud Logging configuration.
Accessor location View the country in which the administrator performing the action was based.
Data protection controls Take advantage of Google’s data-protection controls designed to limit support and engineering’s ability to access your data unless necessary.
Near real-time publication Retrieve logs in near real time.

Pricing

Pricing

To enable Access Transparency for your Google Cloud organization, your Google Cloud organization must have one of the following customer support levels: Premium, Enterprise, Platinum, or Gold. Visit our pricing page for more information.