1.1.33 Ensure 'Configure Online Text To Speech' is set to 'Disabled'

Information

This policy setting determines whether Online Text to Speech voice fonts which is part of Azure Cognitive Services, are available to users. These voice fonts are higher quality than the pre-installed system voice fonts.

The recommended state for this setting is: Disabled.

Rationale:

Enabling Online Text to Speech could allow data to be transmitted to a third-party, which could lead to sensitive data being exposed.

Impact:

Users will be unable to utilize Online Text to Speech.

Note: This setting will prevent the Online Text to Speech feature which can be used by users with with visual or learning disabilities to read the text of documents out loud. Please make sure this feature is not needed within the environment before disabling this feature.

Solution

To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Disabled

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Edge\Configure Online Text To Speech

Note: This Group Policy path may not exist by default. It is provided by the Group Policy template MSEdge.admx/adml that can be downloaded from Microsoft here.

Default Value:

Enabled.

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/3907

Item Details

Category: CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT

References: 800-53|CM-6, CSCv7|5.1

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 086a8e0d85cb5f434f614fc85498336598c4db9dc6a67f2372a89bc0803535b5