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.
"This isn't just a shambles. It's so much worse." - UK shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth
Author: Leo Kelion, technology desk editor