Is it possible to set your Google Calendar events to be private by default? I don't want to mindlessly add public items to the calendar.

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    A "public" event means that details are allowed to be synced to other service or devices and can be seen when you share the calendar. They aren't listed publicly or accessible to the general public.
    – dnbrv
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 17:16
  • hmm I see your point...I've marked a few items as private however, and I'm still able to pull them in on my iPod Touch.
    – leeand00
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 17:17
  • Some older syncing utilities ignore private flags, just like GCal itself doesn't sync FB events properly when they're private.
    – dnbrv
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 17:23

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Very slow answer here, but you can always make your calendar private, which will prevent anyone from searching for and seeing your events.

You can also make your calendar public, but default to only show free/busy statuses.

When you select Make this calendar public, all of your events will appear in the public search results of Google Calendar and Google. Additionally, others will be able to view the calendar and its public events with your Calendar Address, or by adding the calendar to their 'Calendars' list.

Making your calendar public and selecting See only free/busy (hide details) means that your calendar information will not appear in the search results of any Google Calendar or Google search. Additionally, only your free/busy information will be visible to those who access your calendar at its address, or by adding it to their 'Calendars' list.

To keep your calendar private and only shared with the people you designate, be sure the 'Make this calendar public' option is not selected. For information on sharing your calendar with specific people, please visit this page.

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