Acxiom chief says he favors stronger privacy laws

LITTLE ROCK (Ark News Bureau) It may sound contradictory, but the head of a Little Rock company that gathers and sells consumer data says he supports stronger laws to protect consumers' privacy.

Acxiom CEO Scott Howe has said in recent speeches and interviews that the company supports new government regulation of data brokers to protect consumer data if the regulation addresses specific concerns, not vague concepts, according to reporting by Talk Business.

His comments come while Acxiom and other similar companies are under scrutiny by the Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va. Rockefeller has been holding hearings for more than a year on the practices of data brokers like Acxiom, Epsilon and Experian.

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