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The unprecedented level of digital data available across an expanding electronic landscape poses complex challenges for IRBs as they attempt to provide ethical insight and ensure participant privacy. Some of these data are collected in clinical care, but the public also is generating data through health monitoring devices, GPS location systems, social media, and information collected and shared on mobile apps.
Financial Disclosure: Author Melinda Young, Medical Writer Gary Evans, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Editor Jonathan Springston, Editorial Group Manager Leslie Coplin, and Physician Editor Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSBioethics, report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Nurse Planner Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, FAAN, is a consultant for Ethicon USA and Mobile Instrument Service and Repair.