The FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection has announced the formation  of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI). The OTRI will provide expert research and insight to the agency on technology issues involving privacy, data security, big data, and the Internet of Things amongst other matters. OTRI will be the successor to the FTC’s Mobile Technology Unit to expand the FTC’s technology expertise. The aim of this new initiative is to ensure that consumers enjoy the benefits of technological progress without being placed at risk of deceptive and unfair practices.

Federal Trade Commission Press Release