Today we were asked by the management of our department to give full access of our agenda in Outlook to the secretary. By full access, I mean the possibility to look, read, write, delete (own) slots in the agenda. It was mentioned that it's imperative not to alter any settings so the entire agenda will be visible to them.
The rationale is that sometimes people come in the department looking for us and by giving full access of our agenda, the secretary can advise these people on when/how to contact us.
On a personal note, I have never experienced something like that. People who want to find me can call me or send me email. I do not see why I should give access to my Outlook agenda, where I also store personal events.
So my natural question is: Is this normal/acceptable? How can I politely say that this, in my opinion, is an unacceptable practice possibly violating privacy?
My department is located in the Netherlands for what it's worth. No prior communication of this problem has been done/discussed.