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2810147 - OData API User Entity: Error - "Insufficient row/field-level permissions"


In this document we shall discuss the error code "Insufficient row/field-level permissions" which results from querying or upserting data to the User entity in the context of OData API.

The User Entity represents a user account and contains user demographic and organizational information such as a user's department, division, location, job code, manager and other details.

Row-level permissions are applied through the target population in RBP or through the Administrative Domain in user-based permission system to control which users' data can be accessed.

Field-level permissions allows users to view and edit individual fields as defined in the permission role.


  • BizX
  • SuccessFactors

Reproducing the Issue

1. For example, upsert a user to the SuccessFactors system using an API upsert:


       "__metadata": {

           "uri": "User('example123')",

           "type": "SFOData.User"


2. View the row/field-level permission error:

    "Insufficient row-level permissions." OR "Insufficient field-level permissions."


  • Insufficent permissions are assigned to the API user carrying out the Operation on the User Entity.


1. To fix the error "Insufficient row-level permissions.":

    Check the target population settings for your role, including the target population for field-level permissions.
    Alternatively, you can assign the Employee Import or Import Employee Data permission to your role.

2. To fix the error "Insufficient field-level permissions.":

    Check the permission settings for individual fields under Employee Data in RBP.

See Also

SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite OData API: Reference Guide - An Entity Reference


  • OData
  • User
  • Field-level permissions
  • Row-level permissions
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