(TNS) -- U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) has been named chairman of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, under the House Energy and Commerce committee, his office announced.

The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes interstate and foreign commerce, oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, manufacturing, data security, cybersecurity and data encryption, and consumer affairs and protection, according to a spokesman for Mr. Latta.

It also has jurisdiction over policies related to the Internet of Things, which refers to the digital connectivity of devices, such as smart phones and home lighting systems.

Last year, the previous committee chairman said the committee was involved in developing guidelines for safety, vehicle efficiency, and transportation accessibility for underserved communities in connection with autonomous cars.

Mr. Latta was the co-chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things Working Group since early last year.

“Technology is changing the face of commerce, and this subcommittee will give us the opportunity to ensure that manufacturers and consumers across the country receive the benefits and protections needed to grow our economy,” Mr. Latta said in a statement.

He said he believes that “ensuring that the federal government takes the right approach to allow the private sector to innovate is essential.”

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