Across our society, technology is delivering enhancements and efficiencies to our day-to-day lives at an exponential rate. It has also, however, brought challenges, as regulations designed to establish ethical standards for the use of that technology have struggled to keep up with the pace of innovation. An article in MIT Technology Review notes how this challenge has manifested in areas such as employment and banking; it’s also true in clinical research, and, indeed, in the healthcare field at large. Researchers, ready and eager to implement enhancements like eSource and wearables into their trials, have had to actively request the relevant guidance on their use from regulatory bodies, who have almost seemed caught off-guard by the arrival of these technologies. Patient data has become more valuable and vulnerable as the technology used to store it - EDC, EHRs, and other systems - outpaces the regulations designed to protect it. Indeed, when it comes to data security, healthcare has a lot of work to do. For clinical research, in which few things are valued as much as patient privacy and intellectual property, this is no small cause for concern.