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access control listShort for Access Control List, an ACL is a list containing one or more ACE which are used by an operating system or other network device to appropriately restrict the rights users have. For example, an ACL may specify if a user or the users group have access to a file or folder on that computer or network.

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Also see: ACE, ACS, DACL, Network terms, Operating system terms, Permissions, Rule, Security terms, Access rights