Require Permission to View Record Names in Lookup Fields (Critical Update)

To better protect your Salesforce org’s data, we restrict who can view record names in lookup fields. Beginning in Winter ’21, users must have read access to these records or the View All Lookup Record Names permission to view this data. This critical update also applies to system fields, such as Created By and Last Modified By.

Where: This change applies to Lightning Experience and Salesforce Classic in all editions.

When: This critical update is enforced with the rollout of the Winter ’21 release.

How: Admins can enable the View All Lookup Record Name permission in custom profiles or permission sets. Only enable this permission for users who must see record names in all lookup and system fields, regardless of sharing settings.

We recommend that you test this update in a sandbox or Developer Edition org before enabling it in your production org.

To activate this critical update before Winter ’21, from Setup, enter Critical Updates in the Quick Find box, then select Critical Updates. For Require Permission to View Record Names in Lookup Fields, click Activate.