I'm trying to implement a simple approval process in SharePoint Designer. Everything is running smoothly except for one thing. People who weren't assigned to the tasks are able to approve/reject the task. I've looked at the PermissionSet and its value is AssignedTo. Same with TaskProcessOwner where I assigned it to the Manager.

Is there a setting that I am missing to disable the initiator of the work flow to be able to approve/reject a task?

  • Is this Visual Studio or SharePoint Designer workflow?
    – Simon Doy
    May 26, 2015 at 21:38
  • SharePoint Designer Workflow May 26, 2015 at 21:45

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This looks previous stack exchange answer like a way to go:

Approval Workflow Task Permissions

For some step by step instructions see Nik's blog post: http://nikpatel.net/2014/05/11/handy-sharepoint-designer-workflow-tip-configure-item-level-permissions/

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