Three senior-level security managers resigned from Uber today, Reuters reported1 earlier today . One of the three who resigned, Pooja Ashok, was chief of staff to now-former Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan . Sullivan was fired last week for trying to hide the security breach that affected about 57 million riders and 600,00 drivers. The other two who resigned were Prithvi Rai, a senior security engineer, and Jeff Jones . Both Ashok and Jones are planning to stay at Uber until January to help with the transition.
Uber s security practices have been under intense scrutiny lately . Last month, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi disclosed the company failed to report the massive 2016 data breach.2 Earlier this week in court, Uber s chief legal officer called out the company s pre-Khosrowshahi security practices for gathering information on competitors . Insight into Uber s tactics came to light during an evidentiary hearing regarding its legal battle with Alphabet s Waymo over self-driving car technologies.
An Uber spokesperson confirmed the departures to TechCrunch, saying that they had nothing to do with the company s ongoing investigations.
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Police arrested a Heathrow1 security man as he allegedly received seven kilos of cocaine2 from a courier in an airport bathroom. The guard is said to have met the suspected Colombian cartel member airside at Terminal 5. They went into the bathroom and sec onds later were busted by police who allegedly found the drugs3 in a laptop bag . Estimates suggest they have a street value of 700,000.
Police busted the suspects in a bathroom (Image: PA)
The guard, 30, is said to be from Southall, west London. The 37-year-old seized with him on Thursday afternoon was en route to Holland from Bogota . Moments later, a 43- year-old Colombian man was arrested at arrivals . It is believed he was waiting for the guard to deliver the drugs.
The cocaine had a street value of 700,000 (Image: Getty Images)
A 46-year-old man was later held in east London . All four were last night in custody . A National Crime Agency spokesman said: Heathrow Airport provided invaluable assistance in this operation.
Brexit threatens Britain s security unless it wakes up to the fact it must make concrete demands in the negotiations and stop assuming good intentions will suffice, experts have warned. Though both Britain and the EU have emphasised they want to continue cooperating closely, a report by The UK in a Changing Europe warns that the matter is so fiendishly difficult that a new cliff edge on the issue looms unless Britain is cleared about what it wants.
There is a danger that, unless the British Government acts quickly to define more clearly what it wants and how it might achieve it, another Brexit cliff edge – in security – might be on the horizon, Professor Anand Menon, King s College London academic and director of the Brexit-focused research body, said.
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Britain has been accused of using security, one of its stronger suits in the negotiations, as a bargaining chip to ensure it gets a better economic deal. Menon added: This is fiendishly complex . When negotiations are likely to involve constitutional issues, disagreements over the role of the ECJ and trade-offs from both sides, good intentions are not enough.
Despite a shared desire to cooperate closely in future, nothing can be taken for granted.
The UK in a Changing Europe report, published on Friday, argues British negotiators have failed to lay out specific enough demands on issues such as the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), participation in Europol and intelligence sharing between police forces and could lose out amid trade-offs. It warns that any deal on the EAW would likely take years to negotiate and, while nations like Iceland and Norway have negotiated their own deals, the end result for Britain would likely be some EU countries wouldn t surrender their nationals to the UK. Britain is an active participant in Europol but it may any operational role in the agency, unless it can negotiate a new relationship that is unprecedented , the report said.
The Government has sought to emphasise the importance of security but also to deny it was trying to blackmail the EU by emphasising this in public. Theresa May was accused of making a blatant threat when she said security could be weakened if Britain left the EU without a deal in her Article 50 letter in March.
I think the security of our citizens is far too important to start a trade-off of one and the other . Both are absolutely necessary in the future partnership without bargaining this one against the other, European Parliament s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt said in response. In September, the Government issued its position paper, noting belief the UK has a historic deep belief in the same values that Europe1 stands for peace, democracy, freedom and the rule of law and making no reference to any threat of withdrawing co-operation.
Then-Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC: This isn t blackmail, this isn t a negotiating strategy . What we are doing, and everybody has asked for this, is to set out how we see the new partnership the day after Brexit.
We want to fight terrorism together . It s vital .
We are not making threats.