5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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It’s finally the weekend! Check out these tech stories before you run out of the office:

1. Uber driver dramas continue. The ridesharing giant is reportedly settling unfair dismissal cases lodged by struck-off drivers in order to avoid having its “contractor” relationship tested by authorities. Meanwhile the Australian Taxation Office has warned it has third party data that will uncover any ridesharing drivers that do not declare their driving income.

2. The biggest tech IPO in Australia had a great debut on the ASX. Software provider Elmo’s shares floated at $2 but ended up at $2.50 at the end of its first trading day on Thursday. The Sydney company, founded in 2002, makes “talent management software” for midsized business clients. It raised $25 million from the IPO this month.

3. The Australian Defence Force is getting the geeks in. A cyber-warfare unit staffed by up to 900 people will reportedly launch within days. The new team will have a mixture of public servants and defence personnel to actually attack, rather than just defend, foreign interests in cyberspace. Read more here.

4. Do you find fidget spinners annoying? Well, how annoying is it when you pay for one and it never arrives? Online retailer Fidget Australia has made its debut on consumer protection organisation NSW Fair Trading’s monthly list of most complained-about companies, coming in 6th for May. The authority reported most of the complaints related to “non-supply of ordered items”, with plenty of online reviews backing up this assertion. Read more here.

5. The new national cancer screening register has no plan to safeguard Australians’ privacy and security. The federal health department underwent an audit that found the supplier Telstra, according to iTnews, had not submitted any documents describing how privacy and security would be handled, one year after signing the contract to take on the project.

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