Friday Digital, Media & Technology – AI, Digital Strategy & Taylor Swift

This is the final edition for 2021 – thanks for reading, the feedback and being part of the fun.

To make sure that you have something to read over the holidays, this edition has some bonus stories that you will find interesting…. especially the on about the cyber security vulnerability affecting almost everything.

Unless something seismic happens over the holidays, this will return in early 2022.We’re also taking a break and will be closed from midday 23 Dec 2021 returning on Monday 10 Jan 2022.

  • The EU Digital Strategy & Privacy. The European digital strategy, a collection of laws designed to grow business and protect consumers in a digital age inevitably meet privacy. The IAPP considers how these reforms will touch on privacy and that gives us some insights into any (more) compliance expectations.
  • The OAIC finds that the AFP breached privacy. The AFP used biometric face software Clearview AI (also with a breach determination recently) and in doing so breached Australians’ privacy for a few reasons including not conducting a mandatory (for Government Agencies) privacy impact assessment. The AFP ordered to strengthen privacy procedures and processes.
  • Music streaming and the $9.99 price point. Economist Will Page reviews 20 years of the $9.99 price in music and why it hasn’t really changed. A side fun-fact from Jon Manning on the 9.99 price point: “They are thought to have originated in the Bon Marche Department Store in Paris, when it introduced price tags ~1860 (about 3-5 yrs later price tags were adopted by Woolworths in the US). But the vanity price point meant that the shop assistant had to open the till to give the customer change (rather than just put the 10 franc note in their pocket).

These were prepared listening to 3LW and Taylor Swift (see below for why) and are best enjoyed with a coffee… or whatever your choice.

Until 2022, have a brilliant and relaxing holiday.


Sean Hall et al v. Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift’s ongoing law suit that claims she infringed copyright in a 3LW song in Shake it Off are now going to trial. Eventually, a legal ruling and we find out if the jury will hate hate hate. Stay tuned…

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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