My department is responsible for providing reports using a variety of SharePoint lists.

The problem I'm facing is that other departments are overstepping their boundaries by doing what amounts to a "land grab" -- exporting and/or siphoning off our data to create their own reports. When you add the various levels of tech skills our users have, this can often lead to reports that are confusing and inconsistent.

The research I've gathered so far has shown me that we can adjust user permissions to protect our data (which I'm not entirely understanding).

But is there a "global" approach, one that can essentially turn off this "data faucet" (for want of a better word) yet allow admins like myself to access it freely?

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