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UK used Excel for contact tracing

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

The badly thought-out use of Microsoft's Excel software was the reason nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases went unreported in England. And it appears that Public Health England (PHE) was to blame, rather than a third-party contractor.

Why this matters

If proof were ever needed that unsecure spreadsheets still play an significant operational role in many large organizations, well, here you go.

Quotable quote

"This isn't just a shambles. It's so much worse." - UK shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth


Publisher: BBC

Author: Leo Kelion, technology desk editor

Story: BBC


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