Monday’s Headlines: Consumers No Longer Want to Buy Google Products
1. Microsoft said on Monday it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law. EU Watchdog, EDPS, opened an investigation in April to assess whether Microsoft’s contracts with the European Commission and other EU institutions met data protection rules, raising compliance concerns in October. In a statement on its website addressing the issue, Microsoft said: “We will increase our data protection responsibilities for a subset of processing that Microsoft engages in when we provide enterprise services.” Read the full story here.
2. Ford unveiled its first all-electric SUV on Sunday night, which comes at a pivotal time for the automaker as it restructures operations and plans to spend $11 billion by 2022 on EV and hybrid vehicles. Starting at roughly $44,000, pricing, performance and EV range for the Mach-E are expected to be comparable to Tesla’s upcoming Model Y. The Mach-E will be produced at Ford’s plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico. It will be the first vehicle sporting the pony badge to be produced south of the border in decades. Get the full announcement here.
3. Privacy groups this week began pushing regulators to block Google parent Alphabet’s acquisition of Fitbit, which the company originally hoped to close in early 2020. On the back of this, there have been several reports of long-time Fitbit users searching for alternatives to fitness trackers due to the acquisition, citing distrust of Google’s data privacy practices, in spite of the company’s assurances. Amid the recent controversy over Google’s partnership with hospital group Ascension, these growing concerns may represent a more widespread problem for Google as it continues to lose public favor. Check out the complete story here.