This week the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection announced a new office to bolster the technological expertise of the Bureau and the FTC regional offices handling law enforcement investigations.  The Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI) replaces the Mobile Technology Unit (MTU) and will take on new technology in addition to mobile technology.  The work of the Office will be used to protect consumers in emerging areas including the Internet of Things (“IoT”), connected cars, smart homes, algorithmic transparency, emerging payment methods, and big data.  The OTRI will continue the MTU’s work in support of FTC staff reports on privacy and data security, which has previously included the Kids Apps Privacy Reports, the Mobile Shopping Report, and the IoT Report.  The OTRI will operate in close coordination with the FTC’s Chief Technologist and we expect to see even greater technical sophistication from the FTC as a result.