What Does the Google Calendar Lock Icon Mean?

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Question: What Does the Google Calendar Lock Icon Mean?

Wonder what the lock icon means when it appears for an event in Google Calendar?

Answer: The Google Calendar lock icon means the event is set to be private.

Who Can See a Google Calendar Event Sporting the Lock Icon

A private event in Google Calendar is

  • visible only to you and
  • others who can make changes to the calendar on which the event appears.
    • This means their permission is set to Make changes to events or Make changes AND manage sharing.

    Who Cannot See a Google Calendar Event with a Lock Icon

    A private event in Google Calendar cannot be seen

    • by people with whom the calendar is shared but who do not have changing rights
    • on a calendar you have made public (sharing event details or only free/busy information).

    Note that free/busy information about private events is published.