In this talk Professor Anderson will discuss the Nuffield Bioethics Council's report into what happens to medical ethics in a world of cloud-based medical records and pervasive genomics.

Earlier this month, the Nuffield Bioethics Council published a report into what happens to medical ethics in a world of cloud-based medical records and pervasive genomics. A dozen of us worked on this for over a year; we learned a lot, as the tussles between patient safety and privacy, professional autonomy, medical exceptionalism, political manoevering and sheer commercial greed are as complex and hard fought as anywhere in technology policy. In this talk I will not only sketch what we found, and recommended, but try to draw the broader lessons. Will weak privacy regulation help control healthcare costs, as the government appears to believe, or make health cost inflation worse? Will the same apply to financial privacy? And are there any useful parallels with the kinds of surveillance carried out by police forces and national intelligence agencies? This lecture will be followed by a short drinks reception.

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