SOURCE: Acxiom


February 03, 2009 11:28 ET

Acxiom Obtains FBI Certification for Channeling Services

Company Named FBI Pre-Approved Vendor Authorized to Channel Non-Criminal Justice Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Record Check Requests and Results Between the FBI and Authorized Recipients

LITTLE ROCK, AR--(Marketwire - February 3, 2009) - Acxiom® Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) announced today it has been authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide channeling services to companies required to obtain FBI fingerprint-based criminal background checks before hiring for certain jobs.

To earn pre-approved status from the FBI, Acxiom had to demonstrate it met bureau standards for security protocol. The designation allows Acxiom to receive non-criminal justice applicant fingerprints for FBI processing and return criminal history record check results to authorized recipients via the Web. Marketed primarily to the financial services industry, the service will address federal requirements that financial institutions conduct fingerprint checks in connection with certain jobs.

"As a global leader in identity management and a champion of consumer privacy and online safety, Acxiom is a natural choice to provide this service to financial institutions and other organizations," said Mike Cool, who leads Acxiom's Information Security organization. "We value the trust the FBI has in our company and our associates by certifying Acxiom for pre-approved status."

Acxiom accepts either manually printed fingerprint cards or electronic (LiveScan) fingerprint transmissions from authorized companies, submitted to Acxiom through a secure Internet connection. Acxiom can also provide additional screening services in the event that a record is returned with inconclusive results.

Acxiom's service provides an additional security layer by authenticating individual client users authorized by the FBI to view the encrypted Criminal History Record Information (CHRI). Acxiom personnel do not view the CHRI data but rather post results from the FBI to an Acxiom site for viewing by the authorized client.

In enabling these fingerprinting services, Acxiom is helping companies reduce their risk in hiring practices. With 30 years of experience providing solutions and services to a diverse clientele, Acxiom is a pioneer in the employment screening industry. The company's multilayer, real-time reports are compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and include services such as criminal record checks, credit reports, driving records, drug testing, educational and professional license verifications.

About Acxiom Information Security Services

With 30 years of experience in the background-screening industry, Acxiom Information Security Services provides legally compliant reports including 100 percent in-person/real-time criminal record checks, fingerprinting, drug testing, credit reports, and verification services and driving records. Especially for companies with large employee populations dispersed across many locations, Acxiom has reduced employee turnover and related costs by up to 50 percent, while also saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in employee theft annually.

About Acxiom

A global leader in interactive marketing services, Acxiom connects clients with their customers through deep consumer insight, powering effective and profitable marketing initiatives and business decisions. Our consultative approach spans multiple industries and incorporates decades of experience in consumer data and analytics, information technology, data integration and consulting solutions for effective marketing across digital, Internet, email, mobile and direct mail channels. Founded in 1969, Acxiom is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., and serves clients around the world from locations in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Acxiom, visit

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