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Can I delete my IMDB page and then create a new IMDB page under the same name?

My birthdate is on my IMDB page and they refuse to remove it (even though a class action lawsuit a few years back told them they had to, since this birthdate thing has apparently happened to several actors). My only choice is to delete the entire IMDB page to remove it from the world wide web. 

But ... would I be able to create a new IMDB page under my same name and reconnect it to my projects after doing so? 

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Hi thinmints -

As it is our policy not to remove factual information, you cannot remove the existing IMDb page in favor of creating a new page and starting over. 

Concerning your birthdate listing, if you have an active IMDbPro membership the birth date information can hidden from IMDb Pro via the Control your details feature, however, it is still retained in the database and will remain available on IMDb.com and cannot be removed.

I hope this helps clarify.

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Hi @Marco -

It is true that we make rare exceptions to certain data types such as birthnames, or for some birthdates where there are documented cases of identity theft or protecting the privacy of a minor.  But overall, our policy remains that we will not remove factual information from the site.

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@Michelle​ Thanks a bunch for replying, I honestly appreciate it. I didn't expect a reply.

In cases of proven identity theft, I can imagine a birth date being temporarily (a few years I would think, obviously depending on the particular case) removed.

That said, I can't think of a good reason to allow people to have their birth names removed from the database (and yes, I know there are people who want it removed, but I fail to see why that simple fact would be a good reason to allow the deletion of it. If you'd consider that a good reason, so much other data should be deleted that IMDb won't make it 'till this Christmas because it has become useless and unused). Except identity theft, but that's not something you or the birth name guide mentions as a reason.

What's worse is the relatively new rule that alternate names can be removed from name pages (see https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/names-biographical-data/can-i-remove-alternate-names-listed-on-my-imdb-name-page/GHX5ZDWNL7D98C3Q?ref_=helpart_nav_10# ). This means that IMDb assumes that all their hundreds of millions of customers know the person that played the main part in the film Juno is now called Elliot Page. On the one hand, @Col_Needham said on several occasions that IMDb means different things to different people (which is correct I think), on the other hand, IMDb assumes that all their customers know all the alternate names of all people in the database and - because of that knowledge - are always able to find the specific name page they are looking for. That to me doesn't seem to be right or reasonable.

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