In Microsoft Skype for Business/Lync, what are privacy relationships?

Use Microsoft Skype for Business/Lync to access Indiana University's UniCom service.

As of January 22, 2017, Lync 2010 for Windows no longer works with IU's UniCom service. Windows users at IU should switch to either Skype for Business/Lync 2013, which is available from IUware as part of the Office 2013 suite), or Skype for Business 2016, which is available as an Office 365 ProPlus app. For more, see About the migration from Lync to Skype for Business.

In Skype for Business/Lync, you control what information your contacts can see about you by setting their relationship to you. The table below indicates what contacts at each level can see. For Indiana University's Skype for Business/Lync system, Colleagues is the default level for IU-affiliated contacts.

To change a contact's privacy relationship, right-click the person's name in your contact list, move your mouse to Change Privacy Relationship, and select from the five available levels.

Information Blocked Contacts External Contacts Colleagues Workgroup Friends and Family
Presence appears as "Offline" X        
Presence   X X X X
Display name X X X X X
Email address X X X X X
Title   X X X X
Picture   X X X X
Work phone*     X X X
Mobile phone*       X X
Home phone*         X
Other phone*         X
Company   X X X X
Office     X X X
Work address     X X X
Meeting location       X  
Meeting subject       X  
Free/Busy     X X X
Working hours     X X X
Endpoint location       X X
Notes (out of office note)     X X X
Notes (personal)     X X X
Last active       X X

*At IU, work numbers are typically furnished automatically by the Active Directory, but may not be available for all faculty and staff (for instance, those who have opted to have their information not appear in the IU Address Book). You must enter and publish home, mobile, and other numbers if you want the specified contacts to see them; see In Skype for Business for Windows, how do I manage my phone numbers?

People assigned to the Workgroup level can interrupt you when your status is Do Not Disturb; they will see your status listed as "Urgent interruptions only".

To learn how to perform common tasks in the Skype for Business/Lync client, see the UniCom page. Also, see Microsoft's Skype for Business help pages or the Lync for Mac user guide.

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Last modified on 2017-05-16 12:14:07.

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