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The level of access that should be delivered by agreement through law, for example the user may have the right to access a database due to a license agreement.

Usually the term is used as part of the discussion when considering the situation where a particular group of users have distinct levels of access to different elements of a system. For example if looking at a medical database all users may be entitled to access their own records, doctors may have access to information about their patients and so on.

The concept is tied to a legal definition, not a technical one. So the fact that someone is entitled to access a record does not mean that they can, conversely the fact they can access a record does not mean they are entitled to.

In practice most entitlements implementations do not assign rights to individuals but rather to roles.

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