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GDPR and Statistical Analytics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by nickwuk, Apr 6, 2018.

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  1. cPanelLauren

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    Hi @naughtysquid

    Awstats displays IP's in the UI - all awstats data is gathered from the domain logs (domlogs or access logs)
     
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    Oh hell, that's going to be a huge issue for GDPR.

    Is there a way to wipe the IP list for this and leave it around for the last 30 days or something?
     
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    HI @naughtysquid

    There are quite a few things you can do:
    -Customize the data that is logged in the access logs but modifying the CustomLog entry in the apache config (not directly through the apache config but through the VirtualHost template) - documentation on this can be found here: Custom Templates - EasyApache - cPanel Documentation
    -you can choose to disable stats - statistics configuration information can be found here: Statistics Software Configuration - Version 68 Documentation - cPanel Documentation
    -you can remove stat data after a specific amount of time from /home/$user/tmp/awstats (or one of the other statistic software programs)
    -There are also a number of configuration modifications you can make per account to the statistics conf in /home/$user/tmp/awstats


    Thanks!
     
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    hmm...
    I still saw that awstats is looging the IP in:
    "Hosts (Top 25)"
    So where does the get the Data from? I mean what does generate the Data?
     
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    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer - please respect that these opinions are only my personal thoughts and observations on the subject.

    I think that there is some misconception surrounding the collection of IPs for statistical purposes, and the ruling of the GDPR

    The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that IP addresses are "personal data" in certain circumstances.

    The last three words are important. The GDPR states that the test for whether a person is "identifiable" depends upon "all the means reasonably likely to be used" to identify that person. If a visitor to your website also supplied any other personally identifiable details (eg Name, address, email etc) that could then be linked back to an IP collected as part of your visitor statistics, then there may be a case for defining the IP as a personal data.

    Unless you are also an ISP or have access to the customer databases of an ISP that can trace an IP back to a client at any point in time, it is unlikely that the IP of a visitor to your website who leaves no further data would be considered as personally identifiable.

    The GDPR will doubtless undergo many changes, refinements and clarification, as and when cases are ruled on by the CJEU and advice given by the associated working parties.

    All the latest news is available from European Data Protection Board
     
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