A user (also called end-user , user , operator or simply user for short ) is a person who uses an auxiliary or work item to achieve a benefit . The customers of an institution under public law are also called users.
electronic data processing
In electronic data processing , the term stands for a person who uses a computer ( English user ). Administratively, a user account can be maintained for users with which z. B. the authentication performed and the authorization to exercise certain functions / programs can be determined (and secured). As part of the user administration , users can be grouped together using common user roles and user groups. A user interface enables a user to interact with a device, machine, computer, thing, etc.
User vs. user
The terms “user” and “user” are mostly used synonymously. In the context of computers / software , they are sometimes used with different meanings:
- User: People or groups of people who use a data processing system to perform their tasks and [...] are in direct contact with the system .
- User: Organizations or institutions that are responsible for the acquisition and operation of the system or software (selection, license, installation).
Institute of public right
Institutions under public law (such as public broadcasters or universities ) do not legally have customers, but users, which include citizens , companies or authorities . Corporations under public law, on the other hand, have members , sometimes even mandatory members .