moving folders does not propagate permissions

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We have defined several groups and have folders that are accessible to certain groups.
Now, if for example a vacancy is posted, the vacancy text and info is maintained in a folder accessible to group X (which is large).
When responses come in and selections are to be made, those responses are saved in the vacancy's folder, but the folder is moved to another tree. That other tree is only accessible to group Y (which is a small subset of group X).

The problem now is that even though the destination tree is limited to group Y, the vacancy's folder still has access rights for group X and will remain accessible, and the path leading to the folder's new place will become visible as well).

Similarly, when a folder from the limited tree is moved to the tree accessible by group X, the specific folder will not be accessible for members of group X. It retains the rights for only group Y.

What we're used to: when I give people access to a folder in Windows, they have access to whatever is copied/moved in there. And if I close a folder, no matter what's copied/moved into it, the folder will remain inaccessible.

Is there a way to do this properly in ShareFile? Other than crafting an API tool to regularly browse through the entire tree and adjust the rights if necessary? (This seems a bit backwards..)

Hope we can find an easy solution.

(checked if this was related to the Drive Mapper, but works the same when doing it from ShareFile Web)
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Hi Maarten,

Copying folders will propagate permissions of the new location to the copy.

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That only works for smaller folders. Isn't there a way to enforce the new parent's ACLs on the moved folder?