Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

  • Mhairi Quiroz-Aitken (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Hands Off My Clubcard!... Just take my DNA

A spoken word show performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. Your Clubcard may say more about you than your DNA, so should it be considered more private? When it comes to understanding patterns in health and illness, examining our data may be even more powerful than examining our bodies. This data comes from medical or social care records, but also supermarket loyalty cards and internet browsing history. Mhairi Aitken asks: Would you rather researchers were looking at your Clubcard data or your DNA? Is this information personal and private, or a public asset to be used in the "public interest"?
Period12 Feb 2016
Event typeOther
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • data sharing
  • public health
  • Research method
  • privacy, harm, data, breach
  • privacy
  • data