Cab hire company Uber, which is under fire for how it charges customers and ensures the safety of passengers and drivers, says it has just hired Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, Joe Sullivan.
Uber has a new security officer
Sullivan, who is Uber’s first ever chief security officer, already spent five years at Facebook and eight years at the US Department of Justice, mainly working in Cybercrime, according to a blog post on Uber’s blog on Thursday.
He has also previously worked at eBay and PayPal, so has a good pedigree when it comes to Internet security.
Uber recently said that it has formed a response team in order to address safety issues involving its services around the world.
There have been several high profile cases over the past year of women being assaulted by drivers, including in Boston and Chicago in the US, and New Delhi in India.
Uber said in February this year that it had suffered a security breach, which may have leaked the names and license numbers of more than 50,000 drivers in multiple US states.
The hiring of Joe Sullivan indicates that Uber is intending to beef up its security measures, and reassure the public, which is becoming increasingly wary of using such cab-booking companies.