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That’s “Virtual Private Database”, “Fine Grained Access Control”, or “Row-level Security” – three different names for the same feature. (Four if you include the separately licensed Oracle Label Security (OLS) which is a product built on top of RLS).

I’ve just seen a nice presentation from John Batchelor of Sopra hitting the key points of intent, implementation and threat from this (free) product and wondered how many sites used it. So I’ve put up a little poll about usage, with a follow-up for those who do use it about the impact on their system.

If you have any problems, insights, or comments relating to the product please feel free to add them as comments to the post. I can’t promise to offer any response – but other readers might have some relevant contribution to make.