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Appendix P: Virtual Private Databases

Most web applications are constructed and distributed on the principle that each customer runs a separate instance of the application and its underlying database(s). This means that all users who access the application can potentially access all of the data. However, there are some applications which have a single instance yet deal with data for multiple customer/subscriber accounts where each customer/subscriber has its own set of private data. In theses circumstances it is vitally important that the data which belongs to one account must remain private to that account and that this private data cannot be accessed or modified by users of a different account. This is implemented using a feature known as a Virtual Private Database (VPD) or Row Level Security (RLS).

The implementation of this optional feature within the Radicore framework can be summarised as follows:

For full details please refer to Implementing Virtual Private Databases.