Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2016

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange Server 2016 and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other.

Use the Get-DataClassification cmdlet to view the data classification rules in your organization. This cmdlet shows built-in data classification rules, and rules that you created that use document fingerprints.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax.

Get-DataClassification [-Identity <DataClassificationIdParameter>] <COMMON PARAMETERS>

Get-DataClassification [-ClassificationRuleCollectionIdentity <ClassificationRuleCollectionIdParameter>] <COMMON PARAMETERS>

COMMON PARAMETERS: [-DomainController <Fqdn>]

This example returns a summary list of all data classification rules in the organization.


This example returns a summary list of all new data classification rules based on document fingerprints that you created.

Get-DataClassification -ClassificationRuleCollectionIdentity "Fingerprint Classification Collection"

This example returns details of the built-in data classification rule named SWIFT Code.

Get-DataClassification "SWIFT Code" | Format-List

Classification rule packages are used by data loss prevention (DLP) to detect sensitive content in messages.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Data loss prevention (DLP)" entry in the Messaging policy and compliance permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The ClassificationRuleCollectionIdentity parameter filters the results by the name of the data classification rule collection. The data classification rule collection that contains the built-in data classification rules is named Microsoft Rule Package. The data classification that contains new data classification rules that you create that use document fingerprints is named Fingerprint Classification Collection.




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2016.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example,




The Identity parameter specifies the data classification rule that you want to view. You can use any value that uniquely identifies the data classification rule. For example:

  • Name

  • LocalizedName

  • Identity GUID value




This parameter is reserved for internal Microsoft use.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.