One of the founding principles of the Sports Performance & Tech magazine was to help inform on sports analytics. Having spent a lot of time around sports scientists and data scientists who work within sports, it became clear that there was a need for a publication that discussed the challenges they face and new developments in the area.

Since its inception 4 years ago, we have seen some amazing developments. From the amount of data being collected through to how it is being actioned, it is an almost unrecognizable practice.

However, recent weeks have shown that, although we are doing some amazing things as an industry, there are others that we aren’t - namely data protection.

The hacks from the Fancy Bears group have shown that there are some considerable weaknesses in the system that need to be fixed. It is bad to have your money stolen, but having your medical records leaked to the world is a far more intimate and disturbing proposition.