June 25, 2017

Actress sues Amazon for posting her true age and ethnicity on IMDB

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: An unnamed actress of Asian descent has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Amazon.com, charging that the online retailer used personal detail from her secure profile as a retail customer and leaked it (specifically, her age and her real name) to its own subsidiary, the Internet Movie Database, commonly known as IMDB.

Deliberately referred to as “Jane Doe” to protect her identity, the plaintiff alleges breach of contract, fraud, invasion of privacy, and violation of consumer rights; she further argues that her decision not to reveal her age nor her real name were deliberate, and Amazon’s alleged act of making it available to IMDB users could compromise her career. The actress believes information about her true age and ethnicity would prevent her from being considered for certain acting roles. When the actress asked that this information be removed, Amazon refused, prompting her to file the current suit.

“In the entertainment industry, youth is king,” read the lawsuit. “If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work…Shortly after subscribing to IMDbPro, plaintiff noticed that her legal date of birth had been [added]…revealing to the public that plaintiff is many years older than she looks.”

Amazon declined to comment.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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