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Glossary definition: Discretionary Access Control (DAC)

DAC: Access Control Based on User Authorization

Discretionary Access Control (DAC) is a type of access control in which a user's access to a system or resource is based upon the user's individual identity. This type of access control allows the user to make decisions about who can access the system or resource, and what type of access they can have. DAC is based on the principle of least privilege, which means that a user is only allowed access to the minimum amount of resources necessary to perform their job. The user is also responsible for managing the access rights of other users. DAC is commonly used in operating systems, databases, networks, and other computer systems. It is also used in physical security systems, such as door locks, to control access to restricted areas.