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The basic scenario for authorization is to give a user one or more roles in an application. The same user can of course ha a different set of roles in another application.

But what if the same user has different relations to the application?

Example: insurance company

  • Customer - basic privileges to see and modify own insurances
  • Employee - administration privileges
  • Board member - access to top-secret financial statistics

The naive approach is to give the person the flat list of all roles and privileges needed.

To support such a use case some information is needed to differentiate which "hat" the person

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