Contact privacy relationship administration

Lync 2013

Beyond the basics topic

Learn about the concept of managing privacy relationships between a signed-in user and other Microsoft Lync 2013 contacts by using the Microsoft Lync 2013 API.

Last modified: December 26, 2012

Applies to: Lync 2013 | Lync Server 2013

A Lync privacy relationship is a set of five rules that govern how much of a user’s contact card information is visible to other users. The signed-in user does not need to apply one of these privacy relationship rules to the contact list users and other users who subscribe to the signed-in user’s presence. By default, the Colleague privacy relationship rule is applied to the users who belong to the same organization. The default privacy relationship for users outside of the organization is External Contacts.

Figure 1 shows a sample application that lets a user set the privacy relationships of all users in his or her contact list. The contact list is collapsed to the group level in figure 1. When the sample runs, a user expands a group, selects a contact and a privacy relationship rule, and clicks the Set relationship button. For information about implementing this feature in your application, see How to: Administer privacy relationships between Lync users.

Note Note

The set of contact card information that can be published and viewed is known as enhanced presence. Simple presence is the availability of a person for a conversation. To enhance simple presence, Lync 2013 adds personal notes, telephone numbers, calendar information, business title, email address, picture, company, and DND interruption capability.

Figure 1. Sample privacy relationship manager UI

Screen shot of privacy relationship manager UI

Privacy relationship rules

The following table shows the five rules and lists the restrictions on enhanced presence visibility enforced by each rule.


Privacy constraint

Friends and family

All contact card information is visible except for meeting details.


All contact card information is visible except for home telephone and other telephone. The contact can interrupt do-not-disturb status.


All contact card information except for meeting details and home, mobile, and other telephone number is visible.

External contacts

The name, title, email address, company, and picture are visible.


The name and email address are shown. The contact cannot reach the user who is using Lync.