Lightroom: Log file of changes made (for privacy protection laws)

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As required by the new European privacy protection laws (thanks a bunch, data miners), photographers are required BY LAW to record every single change made to an image.

This stems from future video surveillance regulations, but obviously someone didn't finish thinking there and just generally applied that, indeed very important, regulation to digital imaging in general.

Now, we could, of course, spend 95% of our client's time typing our logs, but maybe it would be easier if you could implement a log file like in Photoshop. Otherwise, I could no longer use the development module in LR realistically or, basically any functions that alter the image or any of its data.

So please, is there a way to work this out, until thes laws are being refined? It's slightly more than a month now.
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Lr is a non-destructive image editor. On the one hand, you have your source image, and on the other hand you have the develop settings (such as XMP sidecar) that describes the type of image adjustments and other metadata that one has added to produce the final output image. Lr catalog also records the history steps so provides sort of auditable tracks. 

When you export the images out of Lightroom, there is an export option to set the metadata export options to "All Metadata", that will include a copy of the develop settings in XMP in the result rendered image, such as JPEG.
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