I forwarded this question to Bob Balaban, Notes programming wizard, at Looseleaf.net. His answer:
COM programs can get access to Notes databases via the COM API "back-end classes," which are very similar to the LotusScript classes. There are no security issues with COM access, though, because COM (say, VB) programs will either run under the authority of an existing Notes ID (for which the user will have to supply a password) or by supplying a Web username/password combination. Once the COM session has been established and authenticated, that session only has the access the authenticated user should have to any Notes database (i.e., ACL protection still works). $Revision fields and other tracking mechanisms also work normally.
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