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510 Points

Sun, Sep 25, 2016 6:32 AM

CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES IMDB AGE REMOVAL

Hello, California just passed a law requiring IMDB to remove someone's age if they request. I request to have mine removed immediately. How do I make that a formal request? IMDB does not have a traditional 'contact us' form? Thanks to anyone who can help! Best, John

Official Solution

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4.7K Points

5 y ago

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us.

We are committed to providing complete factual information related to films, television and people involved in the entertainment industry, including birth dates and other biographical data.

While we're more than happy to update our info or rectify, upon verification, any inaccuracies in our data, it has always been our  long-standing policy not to alter or delete any kind of factual information or credit that we believe to be correct from our records, as doing so would greatly undermine the accuracy and reliability of our database.

IMDb is currently engaged in litigation with the California Attorney General challenging the constitutionality of California Bill AB 1687. While litigation pertaining to AB 1687 is in progress, IMDb will not be removing birth date or age data subject to the bill.

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580 Points

Like I said, arrogance!  IMDB has become a deterrent to the employment of many and yet you stand by your nonsense as if you were a damn census taker. Your database is filled with inaccuracies as I have read on many threads on here. Getting anything changed is like pulling teeth. You neither value accuracy or the welfare of the people you exploit on here.

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130 Points

5 y ago

New CA only requires requester's age (birth date) to be removed if the requester is a paying subscriber (eg, IMDB Pro customer).  Also be aware the law is subject to the realistic possibility of a constitutional challenge by IMDB or other entity.

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510 Points

I was a paying subscribe and the service was so putrid I stopped after a number of years.  It will be outrageous if  I am required to sign up for my age to be removed.  That is extortion.  I am not surprised.  IMDB is a lousy outfit across the board.  I won't hold my breath while the hot shot IMDB legal team attempts an appeal.  Age discrimination is real and my 4th amendment right to privacy has been trodden upon by IMDB from the get-go.  I find it hard to believe it is legal having to pay for a law to be enforced.  Thanks for your reply.

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510 Points

Right...I understand that.  My issue is with the fact that I have been for a number of years been a very unhappy subscriber.  Hence why pay for unnecessary pain?  Life can be a big enough pain in the Buhht-OX without paying a $120 bucks a year for a little extra!  LOL  Clearly the shortsighted plaintiff attorney did not introduce that scenario into their decision negotiation because I believe it to be unfair.  

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316 Points

Why don't you just help your customers be happy and remove the birthdays now, why make us wait until Jan? You know this affects us and our careers and it won't affect you at all. Why are you so against helping artists thrive? Im a paying customer, I would love to have my birthday removed, it has def had a neg affect on my career and I'm sure that is not the purpose, this harms the non famous actors who are climbing up the very steep ladder.

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162 Points

My feeling exactly ... IMDB's action waiting till January is utterly poor customer relations and punitive ... it was poor business to include that information to begin with. Obviously this would have a detrimental effect on people, particularly those who actually are disciplined enough to take care of themselves and look less than their age. Class Action suit in the making. 

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316 Points

Where do we officially request the removal, anyone have a link? Thanks

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502 Points

Just go to your IMDb pro account to "contact us" at the bottom of page and select a reason and you can send them a message. There will then be a record of it in your contact history on IMDb pro.

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316 Points

Thanks :)

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316 Points

SAG is taking action again! If u are a member or if not let them know you have requested!

While we had hoped IMDb would choose to abandon its stubborn insistence on damaging performers’ careers by forcing age information on casting personnel, SAG-AFTRA remains fully committed to seeing an end to this practice. This is an effort that has been years in the making and that may take more time before it’s done. We will defend this law and see it enforced as well as taking whatever other steps are necessary to achieve that goal. 

 

If you have already requested that IMDb Pro and IMDb.com remove your age/birth date, please let us know by filling out this online form

 

We look forward to working together to protect California’s law against this discriminatory practice.

 

Strength in unity,

 

Gabrielle Carteris

President

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120 Points

Thank you, Gabrielle!  I will never forget this site's horrific participation in age bias for the sake of intrigue and profit.  Utterly unconscionable and the entire community should boycott IMDB.  Casting people, directors, producers and actors.  I have often looked up casting for movies on google instead of using IMDB to decrease the amount of hits IMDB receives.  We should start a new site, as a community, and continue the litigation to gain our rights in civil liberties to express ourselves and be welcomed in our community without bias or prejudice.  Extremely disappointed to discover the litigation has continued.  This should not be a fight- IMDB is against performer's rights and I will never forget their egregious actions and the affect they have had in my lifetime.

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296 Points

Please help me with this. I have requested at least 3 times for age to be taken out.  I work as an editor and my industry is terribly ageist. This is really hurting me.  The IMDB team refuses to do it.  What can I do?

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580 Points

Maybe a class action law suit is an idea. IMDB refuses to follow California law and they are hurting many people in many categories of the biz. And for what reason? It just exploits for curiosity sake and for casting agents to find a reason not to see an actor or in your case not to be hired as an editor. 

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296 Points

How do we go about this though? This is insane. I feel completely violated. I don't want people to check my IMDB page because I don't want them to discriminate against me because of my age.  I also don't want to pay to be a subscriber and MAYBE have the chance to have the age been removed only if I keep paying.  This is extortion.  This is my personal information and they have no right to publish it against my will.

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184.7K Points

Hi, Adriana Pacheco. It is doubtful that chances of successful removal of your information would have anything to do with whether you're paying customer or not. Where did you get that idea or impression? If somehow that is indeed the case, then it probably is fair to call the situation "extortion", but otherwise not.

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186 Points

It doesnt matter i was a paying pro member and requested it removed many times on top if it makes me older and the actresses i compete with for roles dont have their age up there at all and they are not even pro memebers Its very unfair If every single persons age was up there it would be slightly more consoling however thats not the case at all what can i do to have it removed .?

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194 Points

I don't mind that they need my date of birth. I do mind if the public has the information. So all I am asking for is that it be hidden from the public altogether. So how do I have it hidden from the public, not just those who have IMDbPro as I do? 

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3.2K Points

CA is wearing its byutocks on the front and no one has the heart to tell them, ala The Emperor's New Clothes. If you don't want your age known, don't go into such a publicity fueled profession where spoofing and factual data are vehently protected by federal law or generally by worldwide "rule." I don't know the litigation outcome but it's all besides the point because archive.org would be dragged into this too, not just IMDb. Good riddance. Whiners. Cheerfully, -Peter

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580 Points

Gee, Peter, thank you so much for your self-enhancing need to chime in on a subject that pretty much seems to have little to do with you. To call those of us whiners who have chosen a field that often relies on age as a hiring qualification other than or along with looks or skills just shows your limited skills as a human being and expert on which you comment. You could do us all a favor during this time of stress and danger and continue to isolate in lieu of spreading flatulent comments which just add to the infectious virus the rest of us are trying to avoid. 

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580 Points

Is it ethical to cheat the system that cheats you because of your age? Oh, the question! Oh, the horror. Your loyalty to the system is a waste of good energy. That clause has rarely or ever been a reason to make anyone a victim of jurisprudence. It is, I'm sure for far more vital information than age in an ageist society that victimizes females far more than males. And it seems so odd that the last two defenses for maintaining the status quo was submitted by men. 

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502 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how do I get my birthday deleted?.

Now that California has nenacted a law to allow actors to have their birthdays deleted from IMDb how can I get mine deleted or who can do this for me? I could not do this in settings.

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502 Points

5 y ago

So if I have pro do I just contact IMDb help? Who do I actually ask to remove it?

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202 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Now that it's the LAW how do I get my birtdate taken OFF my IMDB page? Its incorr....

Now that it's the LAW how do I get my birthdate taken OFF my IMDB page?

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214 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Now that it's the LAW how do I get my birtdate taken OFF my IMDB page?.

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11.2K Points

5 y ago

People here are forgetting that it only applies to 'paid subscription' sites, IMDbPro is a paid/subscription site so they will remove the age from there but it will still appear on IMDb.com as its not a paid site but a free one..

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162 Points

Time to sue.

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172 Points

Really? What is the point of the law then. IMDb is what everyone in the public looks at and that is where I would like my age removed most of all!  It's a security risk!

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316 Points

Also you can already adjust the birthday on the paid site to your age range so that doesn't make any sense at all.

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186 Points

Correct
I also have requested on several occasions to remove my age I was a pro member and canceled my membership because it was not removed after several emails it is incorrect (making me older) and its unfair because the actresses i am competing with for roles do not have their age up on imdb so it gives them a better edge. I would like to reuest again to have it removed where and how can i fo about removing it altogether

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194 Points

But IMDbPro and IMDb are all the same folks. So if you don't want the public to have your date of birth they should honor that by removing it or hiding it from the public eye especially when we request it to be removed from IMDbPro. It's obvious we don't want the public to have that personal information. 

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92 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Birthday Information Removal.

I just heard on the news that a law was just passed that requires IMDB to remove birthday information from a person's IMDB profile if requested by a client. Well, I am a client and I would like my birthday removed from my profile. Is this the correct forum to request removal of birthday info?

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144 Points

I have also requested this and they have said they can not change this. I don't know what to do either!

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194 Points

It's funny they say that "can't" change that but of course they can. They just choose not to. I can go on IMDb and many don't show their birth date in the regular free IMDb yet my shows my birth date. Hmmm 

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142 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please remove age off of IMDb!!!.

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580 Points

Maybe he is not affected by his age on the site.  Maybe he doesn't care.  But he should have the option to have it removed when he does.

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186 Points

I also have requested on several occasions to remove my age I was a pro member and canceled my membership because it was not removed after several emails it is incorrect (making me older) and its unfair because the actresses i am competing with for roles do not have their age up on imdb so it gives them a better edge. I would like to reuest again to have it removed where and how can i fo about soing this thanks diana

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202 Points

5 y ago

I am also a client paid imdb pro I want my age and birth date removed from imdb. What do I need to do  to have this done.

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102 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I Want my BIRTH YEAR removed! Now that AB1687 has passed into law, how can I have....

REMOVAL OF BIRTH YEAR from site: Now that AB1687 has passed into law, To whom do we email to have our birth year finally removed? How do we remove our age info from imdb?

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2.5K Points

5 y ago

I'm smelling a federal (perhaps even SCOTUS) court case where IMDb challenges the constitutionality of this new law.

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502 Points

5 y ago

Why do they have such a vested interest in this detail? So many don't even have their birthday listed.

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162 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want my date of birth and age removed immediately.

I want my date of birth and age removed immediately from IMDBpro and IMDB.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: How do i delete my birthday off my public profile.

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122 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Harmful Procedure to show year of birth.

I have asked to have my birthday removed and I can see that many people do not have their birthdays listed on their home page.  I have been advised to ask one last time for you to remove my birth year from my home page as it is harming my ability to secure employment in the entertainment industry.  I have been advised to post this to your site as proof that this is the second time that I have asked to have it removed and this is the second time I have explained that it causes harm to my professional livelihood.  Please remove the year of my birth or my entire birthday immediately  Thank you.

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186 Points

I also have requested on several occasions to remove my age I was a pro member and canceled my membership because it was not removed after several emails it is incorrect (making me older) and its unfair because the actresses i am competing with for roles do not have their age up on imdb so it gives them a better edge. I would like to reuest again to have it removed where and how can i fo about remiving it