Friday Digital, Media & Technology – Privacy, Podcasting & Cyber Attack

Here are a few things that you may have missed in digital, media & technology. Contact me if you want to talk about what these might mean for you.

  • National COVID 19 Privacy Principles were released this week providing organisations with much needed guidance on how to apply privacy to COVID data collection. The Federal and State Privacy Commissioners worked together on these principles to provide a consistent national view.
  • A podcast first radio station launched which curates and plays podcasts in a traditional linear radio method. I’m all for someone else curating things for me to listen to, and I’m glad to see this model in podcasting – even though I’m left wondering that the ABC’s Radio National (and BBC Radio 4) does this already.
  • Technology M&A data is hard to find, but the US Federal Trade Commission has you covered. The FTC released data this week analysing ~600 tech M&A transactions conducted by Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft between 2010 – 2019, that were under the competition (anti-trust) approvals threshold. It’s unintended benefit is an industry benchmark proxy to see how your deal performed.
  • Cyber Attackers demand US$5.9m (way to use psychological pricing techniques) to return access to the Iowa Grain Co-operative’s electronic files which are now encrypted. Attacking critical infrastructure players continues. Agriculture and meat processing businesses continue to be targeted, with this one reminiscent of the JBS attack in June.

These were prepared listening to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Layla Revisited on vinyl, and are best enjoyed with a coffee – or whatever your choice.

Let me know if you want to talk about any of it.


Published by Brett

Brett is an experienced lawyer and business executive who focuses on commercial outcomes. He has worked across three sectors in England & Australia advising and leading initiatives in digital, media and technology

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