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Certified visuals should be able to display external images

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Chris Williams on 19 Jun 2020 22:46:23

Current rules for certified visuals prevent visuals from making requests outside of PowerBI.

The specific rule states:

1200.1.3 Code security
Your source code should comply with all security and privacy policies. Source code must be safe and not pass or transmit customer data externally.

This seems like a good rule, but Microsoft is now interpreting this to prevent certified visuals from making requests to any external location, even to display images. Certified visuals like the popular Image control by my company are now no longer approved.

This rule prevents visuals from displaying images from the Internet or even from a company's Azure Blob Storage account, severely limiting their functionality.

The alternative is to use a non-certified visual, which many organizations may not allow. Non-certified visuals can also not be exported in PDF or PPT.

Report authors should be free to use a certified visual to display images from whatever source they choose.

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Scott Henderson on 03 Nov 2022 18:57:07

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

#brandbank


Can we not get a caht going with the team @ brandbank around a custom visual, even if only for the extensive library avaiable there ?


This would be game changing !



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Florent Iannone on 09 Feb 2021 09:26:17

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

Good idea, it will save a lot a time

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Marcio Evangelista on 19 Nov 2020 14:30:16

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

Hello Chris, please, how can we use the non-certified visual to use images from whatever source due to the issues reported with certified version, as workaround at this moment?

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Srinivasa rao on 16 Oct 2020 05:47:49

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

It is very unfortunate that microsoft blocking image display from intranet.

We cannot keep all images in public web site for display in Power BI (lost privacy).
Microsoft should ensure the intranet image display functionality.

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K Penn on 18 Sep 2020 23:04:47

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

I have a number of clients who rely on being able to print out co-branded Power BI dashboards to market their services. There isn't another image viewer that supports printing to PDF or PowerPoint. My clients are going to be very, very unhappy with this turn of events. This is really upsetting and seems incredibly short-sighted on the part of Microsoft.

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Mike Honey on 25 Aug 2020 08:14:43

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

Thats a very silly interpretation and they should be very careful before changing the rules.

Power BI users are now 2..5m+ and Publish to Web is used by many crucial public dashboards including conveying information on Coronavirus COVID-19.

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Björn Behrens on 19 Aug 2020 12:27:20

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

Please. The latest decision makes it impossible for us to show a report showing the logo of the related customer dynamically.

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William Cisler on 27 Jul 2020 10:09:38

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

I don't understand this either. We use several of these types of visuals to make reports look amazing.

so does MSFT...

The report used for marketing on the desktop main info page (https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/desktop/) is one made by Microsoft and it uses a custom visual by Microsoft that grabs online images. It also uses one form Cloudscope, too.

Will the MSFT one stay certified?
(https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/product/power-bi-visuals/WA104380806?tab=Overview)

Generally if MSFT wants to help us keep our data safe then they should work on simple features for data protection and governance. One idea would be a section in the 'Get more visuals' dialog for visuals that do not send data. Otherwise they are keeping us from using even their own cloud products like Azure blobs for images.

This also kills the idea of having any image processing visuals - think 'Key influencers' for images. I don't have a full use case in my head but it seems really silly to cut that off.

FYI. You can download that report here:
https://powerbi.tips/2020/02/mind-blown

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Marianne Elversoe on 27 Jul 2020 08:27:29

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

Of course this should be possible. This is not a kindergarden, as every company can should take care of their own image policies and security issues.

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Pathe Bah on 26 Jul 2020 23:56:43

RE: Certified visuals should be able to display external images

Totally agree. I have this visual on a lot our Corporate reports. Very annoying to not be able to update or add more visuals