Logs, as applied here, are a record of visitor’s history while at your site. They contain sensitive information about the visitor: the address of their computer, when they were there, what browser and operating system they use, how long they were there and what documents they viewed or downloaded, and if applicable, what products they purchased.
This information falls under the new privacy protection guidelines PII and is being addressed across the internet.
As site owners we have 4 choices to be GDPR compliant regarding log data retention:
• Encrypt log data
• Store log data inside the EU
• Purge all log data daily
• Use a host that is Privacy Sheild certified
Since our site’s log data is currently retained by our host, Dreamhost, having them Privacy Shield Compliance Certified is the logical solution.