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Old December 14th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just noticed that my Android Contacts have a new group named "PeteCress" (which is my Skype ID), and a contract for each person in Skype's "Contacts" list. No idea when this started...

WTF???

Is Skype adding entries to my Android contacts? Or might it be adding to my gMail contacts?

I can't tell about gMail bc I recently deleted all contacts from gMail.

Stepped through Skype's settings, but nothing jumped out at me vis-a-vis messing around with my contacts - gMail or otherwise.

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Skype sometimes syncs without you knowing. You can always go to accounts and sync and stop it, or even go into your contacts and settings and then choose to not show the Skype contacts.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Skype sometimes syncs without you knowing. You can always go to accounts and sync and stop it, or even go into your contacts and settings and then choose to not show the Skype contacts.
Call me paranoid, but I find that tb unsettling - to say the least.

If Skype can mess around with my Android contacts without me even knowing about it, who else can?

I'm thinking in terms of somebody harvesting my Android contacts for sale to spammers.

Any idea who Skype is synching with? (gMail, Android?)


Edit 2012 12-14 1034:

I think I've got it:

[Andorid] > Settings > Accounts and sync > (SkypeID) Skype > Sync Contacts = False





Edit 2012 12-14 1022:

I may have answered my own question vis-a-vis who Skype is synching with.

Renamed a Skype contact via Windows's Skype, waited about 10 min, Android's Skype saw the renamed entry, checked Android Address Book and sure enough: that contact had been renamed.

Went to my gMail page, and I think my contact list is still empty. "Think" bc I no longer see anything on the page that explictly says "Contacts" - only "Circles", which is empty.
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Yes the syncing options is exactly what i wanted you to do.

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A while ago Skype changed it's policies around Contacts access and permissions. While I know this was an attempt to keep updated, I don't like the fact that it wants full access to contacts. I have no problem with it updating and accessing info within a Skype account to stay updated, but accessing outside Skype is not something I'm willing to agree to.
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