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Can an owner/admin on a free Slack view private channels?


On a free Slack, can an owner/admin view private channels?

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According to @SlackHQ (the official Slack twitter account), "owners can only see the private channels that they are a member of".


As of May 2019 Slack's privacy FAQ states that on a free plan, owners can request an export of all data, including private messages and channels. However, they must "provide (a) valid legal process, (b) consent of members, or (c) a requirement or right under applicable laws."

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Can an owner/admin on a free Slack view private channels?


On a free Slack, can an owner/admin view private channels?

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According to @SlackHQ (the official Slack twitter account), "owners can only see the private channels that they are a member of".


"Owner" is a higher level of access than admin, so it does answer the question in this context. - octern May 5, 2019 at 0:19

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