by Max Brantley
The New York Times' reporting on privacy concerns relative to information amassed by data brokers such as Little Rock-based Acxiom has drawn the attention of Congress.
Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Representative Joe L. Barton, Republican of Texas, co-chairmen of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, along with six other lawmakers, sent letters of inquiry on Tuesday afternoon to nine leading industry players. In the letters, the legislators requested extensive information about how the companies amass, refine, sell and share consumer data.
Acxiom got one of the letters.
Jennifer Barrett Glasgow, the chief privacy officer of Acxiom, said company executives had testified before Congress numerous times to inform legislators about the steps they take to protect consumers. “We are happy to provide whatever information we can to further inform interested parties,” she said.