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I would - not for me but for an older, tech-noob person - like to set up Google Calendar for the sole purpose of syncing his mobile phone with his Thunderbird/Lightning.

Since I have never used (most of) Google's personalized apps myself, I want to make sure to lock down all privacy setting of Google calendar. (btw. are there any encryption settings?)

Is there anything special I need to check -- what about the concern that "Google will read my calendar"?

(Precautionary note: This is 2011. Please no links that are a few years old!)


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Concerns about google-calendar security in here: google.com/support/forum/p/Calendar/… – user13193 Sep 8 '11 at 7:29

I use Google Calendar extensively both at work and for personal purposes. I run it in HTTPS mode, so all my web-based interaction with it is encrypted. Of course, I also have it configured to send alerts by email and SMS, and neither of those are encrypted, but those are optional features. In terms of privacy settings, nobody else can even see your calendars unless you make them public. You can, however, share calendars with other individual users, as long as they have a Google account. You can also flag individual events as private. As for Google reading private calendars, I'm sure they could if they wanted to, but I doubt they would be interested. For one thing, unlike tracking the sites you visit and the links you click while browsing the web, there's no useful way to mine calendar events to make money, through advertising or anything else. Google Calendar's privacy policy: "Google takes your privacy as seriously as our own. We won't share your personal information with anyone, except under the limited circumstances required by law."

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Can GCalendar be run in anything but https mode anyway? -- and will it also use https when syncing from thunderbird/blackberry? – Martin Feb 23 '11 at 15:31
@Martin: a) apparently not!; b) yes for Blackberry, not sure about Thunderbird. Check google.com/support/calendar/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=15305. – boot13 Feb 24 '11 at 10:22
google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=99358#sunbird || In the Location field, enter [ https :// www.google.com/calendar/dav/ [ your Google Calendar ID ] /events ] and click Next. || Be sure to use https in your URL, as an http address will not work. – Martin Feb 24 '11 at 10:40

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