Dallas/Fort Worth District Office

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Federal Trade Commission Presents:

“Protecting Personal Information in


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January 30, 2023, 1:30 pm CST


In recognition of Identity Theft Awareness Week, the Federal Trade Commission will provide guidance on putting security principles into practice for your small business.  Event hosted by SBA.



Matthew Wernz, Director, Federal Trade Commission, Southwest Region


Matthew Wernz is the Director of the Southwest Region of the Federal Trade Commission in Dallas. The FTC is the nation’s only general-jurisdiction consumer protection agency, and its Southwest Region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The FTC investigates and litigates consumer protection cases against companies and individuals who have violated the Federal Trade Commission Act and other consumer protection statutes and regulations. The Southwest Region has brought actions against deceptive online subscription services, illegal pyramid schemes, sellers of fraudulent COVID-related products, and companies engaged in deceptive and unfair privacy and data security practices. Before serving as Regional Director, Matt was an attorney in the FTC’s Midwest Region in Chicago from 2010 until 2020, and, in 2021, Counsel to the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Before joining the FTC, Matt graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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