You can control the security of the output queues on your system.

Most information that is printed on your system is stored as a spooled file on an output queue while it is waiting to print. Unless you control the security of output queues on your system, unauthorized users can display, print, and even copy confidential information that is waiting to print.

One method for protecting confidential output is to create a special output queue. Send confidential output to the output queue and control who can view and manipulate the spooled files on the output queue.

To determine where output goes, the system looks at the printer file, job attributes, user profile, workstation device description, and the print device (QPRTDEV) system value in sequence. If defaults are used, the output queue associated with the QPRTDEV printer is used. The Advanced Function Presentation topic provides examples of how to direct output to a particular output queue.