CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES IMDB AGE REMOVAL

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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
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Remove Date Of Birth Under California Law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently enacted a law requiring IMDB to remove an actors D.O.B. if requested. I am curious as to how to do this for myself. Although AB 1687 doesn't go into effect until Jan 1, 2017, would it be possible to have this corrected before then?
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I too also received this reply to my request to have my birthdate removed from IMDb: 

"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."

I don't understand how they can cite "pending litigation" as a valid cause to ignore a law that has now taken effect.  I can sue against any law I want, doesn't mean I don't have to obey it in the meantime.  Can anyone explain?
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AMEN Michele.  I agree wholeheartedly.  I sent Sag an email regarding IMDB's infringement.  I suggest you and everyone else do the same.
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Literally in the middle of typing that same thing to SAG-AFTRA! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Request to remove birthdate.

I demanded that my birth date be removed as per the new law that went into effect 1/1/17. I had received an email from them saying they would deal with this after 1/1 and it contained a link to return to my communication regarding my request. That link now just goes to the Forum page and I find no way to contact them about this. I believe they are in violation of the law. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: My Account has been blocked.
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IMDB is challenging this law and said they are not deleting DOB's.  It's frustrating and I don't understand what their problem is.  I HATE this company so much.  I have been trying to get my DOB off of this site for a while due to Identity theft. I now have lawyers dealing with Credit Bureau's, Card Company's, etc. It has been a pain in the Ass to say the least
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I truly think we should do a class action lawsuit against them!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PLEASE COMPLY WITH CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRING IMDB AGE REMOVAL AT INDIVIDUAL REQUES....

Please remove my birthdate from my IMDB page, in accordance with California anti-discrimination bill AB 1687, effective January 1, 2017.

Over a century ago, the founder of the Pulitzer Prize winning international newspaper The Christian Science Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy wrote:

"Never record ages. Chronological data are no part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise...The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age." (Science & Health, p. 246)

My grandmother, Academy Award nominated actress Lilia Skala lived by the wisdom of these words and reaped their rich reward. During her lifetime, she was effectively able to keep her age out of her own and public thought. Publications such as The Guinness Book of World Records and Who's Who in America, included her name and omitted her birthdate. Her professional unions - SAG, AFTRA, AEA – had no record of her age. When she was 65, entitled to generous pensions from all three, she received nothing. She preferred work over a pension check.

As a result, she received her first Academy Award nomination when she was well over 65. She received Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for roles in her 80s. She was making movies, commercials and performing in stage plays - one of which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award - well into her 90s. No one was counting, no one knew her age. In her last years, the press guessed and published it as 72. She never lied, she simply omitted it from the record.

Would she have won those roles had her age been known? Highly doubtful.

All people should have the right to be judged based on their abilities and capabilities, rather than limited and discriminated against because of preconceived notions of age.

In this era of internet surveillance, it seems almost impossible to keep personal information private. Your willingness to obey a law protecting the privacy of birthdates from being published (in the same way that social security numbers are kept private) - will protect individuals’ rights to fulfill their potential and life purpose free from age discrimination.
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Elizabeth -Thank you for this very thoughtful and articulate reflection. What it brings up for me is that basic human kindness and respect for human potential is missing in IMDb's policy. The company makes their money by publishing information about artists but has no concern about hurting the very people they are exploiting. Instead, we are treated like statistics, like info bites of varying value. This, of course, causes resentment and resistance. I believe, ultimately, it is in everyone's best interests to allow artists to decide which personal information to make public.
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Good point - imagine the outcry if IMDb (or any other website) publicly posted people's Social Security numbers (or the equivalent in other countries). It'd of course be "factual" and "truthful" information about the person (assuming the number's right), but even the most adamant advocates of "free speech" would probably disapprove of it. In fact, there is a federal law that does regulate the privacy of people's SSNs. California has now deemed that people's DOBs (at least for this purpose) should be considered private information as well, and IMDb ought to comply.
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If they don't do anything about this soon, i will be getting a lawyer to sue them. It's now the LAW and they can't just say "NO" anymore! SO frustrating
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I spoke to the lawyers at SAG. Apparently when you are in appeals over a law it is a grey area. If the law is upheld they make be penalized after the suit. If not they will be Scott free. It's a gamble for them. The appeal process of the law could hold it up for a very very long time. To be honest, it is the right thing to do to remove our birthdates, but in terms of the first amendment it's fairly tricky and they have a good argument and we have an argument as well. But the holly wood reporter interviewed 6 constitisroonal lawyers and 5 found the law unconstitutional.
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Let SAG know if have put in your request, even if you are not a sag memeber, here is a form or write them a letter using the contact us button on the sag.org site.

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

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We should do a class action suit!
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You may not know this, but it is SAG that has given IMDb our ages.  The reason I know this is when I joined SAG in the early 60s, I cheated my date of birth by five years.  I've never given that date of birth to anyone or anywhere else.  That's how I know SAG is our culprit.  It is my date of birth and age on IMDb.
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Ah ha.... the mystery is solved.
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It's just still curious to that some never have their age listed. Actors who clearly are in SAG.
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I think you have to key it into IMDb unless IMDb take it from an already confirmed source. Which I presume they do for high profile actors who already have their DOB in the newspapers. For the rest of the minnows I presume they key it in themselves. 
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The interesting this is something that has just cropped up is if you manage to get it removed from IMDb how do you remove it from the multitude of websites that copy IMDb data.
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You can't really. This is more or less an argument about principle now. And that IMDb is one of the most widely used sites and will set a precedent going forward.
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Actually, I have requested removal from a number of websites and they all complied except IMDB. Google also tried to comply but couldn't because of IMDB.
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IMDb please remove my date of birth. I am making a request as per SAG instructions. No clue why you would waste your money fighting something that causes actors to be discriminated against? Way to go on drawing out the process and waste precious money you could be donating to a needy charity.
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It really comes down to data. Our data is the way to use us to target us to sell us things, to create other viable websites, data is andless source of revenue. Removal of the birthdate just gives us control of the data available and that makes them a less viable site financially .
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I am also writing to officially ask that my birth date be removed from my imdb.com account
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So, I have spoken to my friend who is a lawyer and she said after reading the legal paperwork for IMDBPro that the paperwork states that if an actor asks to have their date of birth hidden that they MUST comply! SO, apparently they have been doing thing illegally for quite some time! If they don't fix this ASAP I will be putting together a class action lawsuit. Anyone is welcome to join me.
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I'm in. 
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I will join you if you do. Thank you for this excellent idea.
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I would just urge you or your friend to speak to the lawyers at SAG, it's very easy you just call over and ask to speak to the legal department. I called and had an expressive convo with a lawyer there a few days ago and he explained that when a law is being challenged for repeal it isn't quite so simple and they can opt not to follow it right now as a gamble that it will be repealed. Although not quite legal t is common and if we were to sue them why they are suing the state to challenge the law which may take quite some time, there may be no resolution because one depends on the other.
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You may not know this but the Google search engine picks up DOB from IMDB and at least in my case, no one needs to go to the source; it's all there in one click on Google.
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I have already written to IMDB demanding removal of my birth date since the new law was passed but before it went into effect. At that time, there was a request form available to do this. I am not now able to access that form and, as far as I can tell, there is no longer any to access such a form. So I am demanding again in this forum that my birth date be removed. I believe that IMDB's putting their monetary interests above the well being of the artists they exploit is despicable behavior. We need to utilize the best of our creativity to stop them from harming us for profit.
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The best thing you could would be to contact you representatives icalifornia by phone and let them know how you feel.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The IMDB - a bastion of the REAL American way: Freedom of speech and information!....

"“Rather than properly passing laws designed to address the root problem of age discrimination, the State of California has chosen instead to chill free speech and to undermine access to factual information of public interest. As such AB 1687 plainly violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and cannot be enforced.” - All REAL American Patriots are very proud of the IMDB right now! God bless the IMDB and We The People are with you 100%!
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This is a matter of opinion and not fact. That is a quote, I assume from imdb's counter suit against the legislation. Which does not make it fact. Just as much as there is a point to be made about the with the first amendment, having and trading or selling our info is in violation of the Privacy Act. This is also a huge legal problem in terms of IMDb' practices. The Privacy Act is a federal law established in 1974 to protect the collection and dissemination of personal information and has been very hard to maintain in the computer age. It could be said that what IMDb is doing is unpatriotic under that very important law. Either way this is all opinion at this point and the law at this time states that the govenmenr feels this law is constitiuational. IMDb was also bought by Amazon and put information has been used thusly, which is why it is so important to maintain the right to it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled AB1687. Official Request to remove birth year.

Per AB 1687, this is a formal request to remove the birth year for http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2273287/
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Go to your IMDb pro account and use the "contact us" form to ask. They won't reply here and it won't be recorded. You'll get the same reply there everyone else has been getting saying they won't remove it but it will be recorded in your account.
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You may not be able to delete it but you can certainly alter it by a URL to Facebook or Twitter account. 
  • We do allow social media links to be an acceptable source for birthdates (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/bio_all_guides#birthdeath
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Birthday removal.

Birthday removal - There is a new California law which says IMBD must remove my birthday upon request. Will someone share with me how to requesty it? Thanks. . .Eric
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Awesome news everyone imdb will now DELETE  BIRTH DATES.
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/i-want-to-delete-my-profile-on-imbd-birthplace-and-date-are-...
I have looked into this further on your behalf and have removed the date of birth from the name page.
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How?
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Hi Karen,

I understand that you have successfully got the IMDb to remove an incorrect date of birth that was shwoing on the IMDb.com page for your credits. There is no year of brith showing on the IMDb page now but I can see from a cached version that it was showing you as having a birth year of 1960, which was clearly incorrect. It must be frustrating, knowing that the year of birth was incorrect, asking for it to be deleted and then having that request refused initially.
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In another thread you state the IMDb was making you "8 years older than i REALLY AM". This woukld make your year of birth circa 1968, as someone has recorded on Wikipedia. I understand you Karen Ann Davitt

http://www.abnfinder.com.au/abn/60308348130

and that you were born in London.

If this is true, you might like to know that I found another couple of places where your year of brith has been incorrectly recorded as being 1963 and not 1968.

http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=BMD_BIRTH&gss=sfs28_ms_r_f-BMD_BIRTH&new=1&a...

http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/search/results?sourcecategory=births%252c%2bmarriages%2b%2526%2bdeaths&firstname=karen&lastname=davitt&region=great%20britain&keyword=london
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Request to Delete Birth Year.

With the passing of the new California law implemented in January 2017, how do I request to have my birth year taken off of my profile? Is AB 1687 still in litigation? Thanks!
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On the upper right hand side of the page hover over you name and click on Site Settings you'll be directed to that section then choose Change your personal details.I think that should do it
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Is that option on IMDB pro?
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I haven't seen it on IMDb Pro, but did find it on the normal site. However, even with the year blank in that setting, the birth year still appears on the site. Not sure what to do.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled date of birth.

Why is IMDB being violating the law, specifically California law AB 1687 that requires them to remove our date of birth upon request? When submitting a resume for any other job in California you don't put your age on. It's disappointing that IMDB is using their freedoms in an adverse way, specifically their freedom of speech. Actors run your website. Without our our contributions, you would not be as effective so why not show us some respect. Where is this negative defiance coming from? It has adversely affected me significantly since my age has been posted. I look very much younger and play younger roles although my actual age is 10 years older and now I've had way fewer auditions and less agency consideration. I'm not sure what sort of satisfaction anyone can get out of ruining someone's career even though we've sacrificed so much to even get an IMDB presence.  Please consider how your actions are impacting up and coming actors like me.
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I will leave authoritative IMDb reps to answer this correctly, but as a (non-American) user and contributor for more than 20 years, I would say that it is because IMDb is (hopefully) not about movies made in California, but from 1893 and all over the world. E.g., in the past few months they have developped the exposure of the India movie industry (900+ feature films a year), and I expect to find any piece of data regarding any film made anywhere at any time and people who made them. This probably why, the sole California law cannot be enforced to the detriment of standard expectations elsewhere.
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Not only your complaint, but there are those whose birthday does not show on their IMDB page. One example is a friend of mine whose birthday is not posted. Mine is and I would like it removed. I should have that choice. Or, the unacceptable alternative is you either show everyone's age or you don't show anyone's age.  And that choice should be the person represented on IMDB.  In this ageist business and community, there are many who have lost the potential of a job because of IMDB posting birth dates and that applies to not only actors but especially to actors. IMDB's insensitivity to this issue is appalling.   
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I am in total agreement
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I totally agree, how do we have control particularly for our privacy Infact I would like to be deleted, is that possible?
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Hi, Vincent Fournols.

The government of California is no stranger to indirectly dictating the policies of interstate (or even international) private companies who have any presence in the land of California or any commercial link to inhabitants of California, and this is largely on account of large populations of Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with other west coast cities. A similar relationship, between firm and state, can even be found in regards to the government of the People's Republic of China, but the government there only cares about information accessed by the Chinese people rather than accessed by the world in general, so websites can be tailored to appear particular ways for people inhabiting specific regions of the world. With that in mind, sometimes physical goods are labeled with additional caveat emptor, so to speak, according to California regulatory standards. In general but not always, companies to what they can to accommodate their customers. Such is a practicality matter, as you've kind of implied.

While the law in question has some merit, it is important for people to remember that must not supersede the supreme law of the land of the sovereign nation of which the legislature is a part. There are broad kinds of information that neither the United States government nor any State government apart thereof or local such has the authority to prohibit from publication. It is not every kind of information (given opinion of the few authoritative bodies available to us), but it is fairly broad. Time will tell how the balance of "tort" within the balance of liberty is reconciled in this matter of "right of privacy" versus "freedom of expression". In theory, the scope of a freedom ends where any sort of limited-culpability tort begins, if that makes any sense.
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And what about my control over my personal information right here in the good ole USof A. All you responded with is a lot of gobbly gook about how to confuse the rights and welfare of posting information without the permission of the individual HERE!  The law has a lot of merit and IMDB should be forced to comply. There is no reason for posting the age of an individual but for exploitation.  PURE EXPLOITATION! Why is it necessary here and who  gives a damn about elsewhere and their practices. And if you're going to post ages, perhaps IMDB ought to come out of the closet as the gossip site it is and post who's gay and who's not. Hey, about pre-existing medical conditions. IMDB is without an argument that takes into consideration the welfare of the people whose livlihoods they are affecting with the posting of unnecessary information.
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In the direction this world is headed, eventually there won't be such a thing as one's control over one's own personal information. Also, to consider tradition, it has never been unusual for births, marriages, adoptions, divorces and deaths to be published somewhere if not in newspapers (with divorce being the only scandalous among such concepts). If you do not want to be identified, then you use aliases and only accept cash money or commodities as compensation for a service.
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No you're wrong. Adoptions were never published, and the mothers who gave birth out of wedlock were shamed and in cases banished from the home. It was scandalous and the adoptions were never published and in fact the legal adoption documents were locked away by the state where no one could see or get access to them.
It has never been tradition to publish adoptions unless it's a cat.
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who  gives a damn about elsewhere and their practices
Welcome into a globallized world, I think now you might understand why Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (who owns IMDb...) etc. (aka GAFA) are under attacks from lawful institutions around the globe, where the US standards on despising personal information do not match local standards.
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Drifting into a tangental topic, I agree about me being wrong about adoptions. I had adoptions of older survivor orphans in mind as opposed to scandalous "willfully abandoned by parents" "caregivers incarcerated" or otherwise closed adoptions.
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This is not an issue that is complicated. IMDB uses our birth date for no reason but to exploit to those who have no need of that information but for curiosity and for those who use it to categorize us in anyway they can to make casting directors' jobs easier in eliminating actors.  And now it has become a power play of what IMDB can get away with. Write your state senators and demand they take action on the law of our state that protects us from ageism.
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Madeleine, I might be missing something there, but it seems to me that the ageism is done by the casting directors, not by IMDb.
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lol typical response from a guy. 
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Marco, you ARE missing something.  You are either a IMDB employee as I imagine or you are brain dead.  Ageism is assisted by the publishing of anyone's age and so IMDB becomes an accomplice to ageism.  It is all about exploitation somewhat like the tabloids which IMDB has become.
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Adriana, Madeleine: If this is how you talk with people, I don't feel like talking with you. Good luck, and goodbye.
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Feelings hurt? Sorry, but when you consider those who are not seen for jobs because of IMDB's arrogance and insenstivity, your feelings are irrelevant.
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Madeleine why don't you just start by inquiring what IMDb actually is?

It is a collaborative website that collects data about films (initially), then series, videogames, now even YouTube programs.
Data are collected by thousands of contributors around the world about programs from around the world, amounting to litterally millions of data covering the whole history of Cinema. And this is done by benevolent people like Marco, myself and so many others, for free, just for the sake of passion.
IMDb has a lot of drawbacks (just ask me) but it is NOT a tool for the California entertainment industry. Why don't you let your unions, lobbies, media resolve the ageism or sexism issues of your industry, rather than requiring IMDb to do it for you?
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Entitlement at its best.   Good riddance.
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Vincent, IMDB I agree with you, I don't think IMDB is a tool for the California entertainment industry.  Ageism is not a problem of the entertainment industry alone, and it's something that it's being fought by unions, lobbies etc in all kinds of fields.  But, as you might be aware, these kinds of issues are very hard to enforce.  However, IMDB has the power (and no reason whatsoever to refuse to) to remove information (that we like it or not) it's being used to discriminate against us.   
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First, you are mistaken. I know directors and casting directors who use IMDB. Ages are usually not on resumes and agents/managers will not offer that information because it might put the kabosh on having their actor seen. Second, IMDB knows the issue and has arrogantly fought to maintain their present stand on publishing ages of those who would prefer they not be published.  That should be an option just like having the option of not being present at all on IMDB.    
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When I said a tool, I meant I don't think there's any kind of conspiracy or something like that. I fell that they just won't want to change it because it'll open the requests for a lot of other changes and they don't want the hassle. 
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Madeleine, Adriana; the last resort is therefore to rely on law enforcement. And as I have stated (below): Unless mistaken, the case of IMDb vs. the State of California is still ongoing. In parallel, I am looking forward to having an authority advice on IMDb against GDPR, the new mandatory European regulation protecting worldwide personal information of all 500+ millions EU citizens.

But IMDb will have to comply, it is not an actor for whatever fight is at stake. My 2 cents.
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Vincent, that's nonsense that they won't change it because it'll open the door to more changes.  They allow changes and additions to career history. There is not really anything else that is a barrier to future employment. This is a change that almost everyone wants and can be a negative to one's employment...and not only for actors. There is one comment on here from a film editor who says having her age on here has been a barrier to her employment.  Why they won't allow it as an option is pure arrogance and self-importance.  That's it!  
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Madeleine, that was me (saying that it'll open the door to more changes) you're right I didn't realize that they change other stuff.  I'm a film editor and while I can't prove in a court of law that it has affected me, I know that it has. 
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Unless mistaken, the case of IMDb vs. the State of California is still ongoing. In parallel, I am looking forward to having an authority advice on IMDb against GDPR, the new mandatory European regulation protecting worldwide personal information of all 500+ millions EU citizens.
(But maye the age discrimnation here is not as insane and ridiculous as in the US, I do not know)
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Age discrimination in the US is insane. 
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Madeleine Fisher-Kern

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Yes, it is.  Always has been.  But now with the rise of women and the #MeToo movement, the sound against agesim - which is more directly aimed at women - is getting louder. 
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The louder the better, how dare anyone use DOB in fact, in any public domain. Madeleine, you express yourself brilliently and I'm behind you all the way. 
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Thank you, Belinda, for your kind words. I just wish there wasn't that much to be angry about. 
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I'm angry too and I'm so relieved there are like minded people out there who feel the same way but still at a lost to what can be done in the immediate future as we have  no say about something that is private.
Extrodinary that you can buy guns to kill  but can't control private data.
In addition it's frustrating there's no one to talk to apart from this forum. Action is too slow and inadequate.
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I am really puzzled by the silence of IMDb staff here, it just testifies how tricky and touchy this topic is.
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Not everybody considers dates of births to be "private data". Yet we don't know exactly how many people do or do not consider it to be one thing or another. How much more private is it than a legal name?

It wouldn't be a terrible thing at all if there was a public roster of every human being on earth, or of everybody who ever existed in the world since the maturing of the information age. Having a name, a date of birth and two parents with the same is simply a fact of life in all industrialized nations as well as most developing nations.

Even with the situation of policies and customs in/among the United States concerning private civilian possession of firearms, there is no real consensus about whether standardized proof of ownership of a deadly weapon is considered "private data" or not. Such a basic tool commodity has been elevated to the stature of realty, real estate, equities and automobiles.
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Vincent Fournols, I would expect the IMDb staff to be silent until the IMDb company either surrenders, is defeated in the Supreme Court of United States or is victorious in the Supreme Court of United States, a long way down the road from now. It is rarely wise for anybody to discuss ongoing or potentially-ongoing litigation to which he or she is party. Even then, the situation probably will not be so cut and dry. The American judiciary is no stranger to "breaking even", so to speak.
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Jeorj,

IMDb could at least confirm that there is an appeal before California, or the US Supreme Court, under way. There are very good at repeating over and over that IMDb intends to be the liste extensive etc.

And we have still heard nothing from IMDb, let alone from Amazon, regarding the impact of GDPR, which allows any European actor to have its BOD removed. Microsoft, Facebook have expressed their position, Amazon/IMDb have not.
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Jeorj Euler when someone's name becomes a current and factualy deterrent to employment, you can then intelligently make an argument for that point.  Till then, your comment is without basis. And, BTW, there have been name changes from semitic to anglo for just that reason. So, would you then say IMDB should publish the real name as well?  When an element becomes a reason that you can not seek employment, then the issue arises: whose freedom is more important?  
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Vincent Fournols I don't think the IMDB staff is silent on here. Sounds like several of the comments on here that defend IMDB are coming right from the horse's mouth or their legal advisers' mouths.
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Absolutely , I’m so relieved that at last more people are engaged but how to solve this problem, it’s going to be a slow process but I shall and I hope all of us will keep plugging away and carry on fighting for our personal private rights as human beings.
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Yes, indeed I would say IMDb should also publish "real names" (legal names, birth names or so) if the IMDb company wanted to. In the practicality of all this, the only things that would be fundamentally designed to prevent revelation of birth dates would be aliases for which the legal name cannot be ascertained.
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Jeorj Euler, what a guy. I'd love to know what you do besides being a white privileged male who probably works for IMDB.
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Jeorj Euler, you have totally ‘by passed’ the point and I agree you do probably work for IMDB.
The problem is ‘personal Rights’. No one asked me if I wanted to be on IMBD.!!!!! I would like to unsubscribe, simplicity.
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I don't know that much about the GDPR in Europe. However, I do have to question the logic of those who advised IMDb that:
  • It is okay to display a person's birthdate to the general public without the person's consent.
  • However, if someone submits an explanation for a data correction, it is a violation of data privacy to send a copy of that explanation back to the submitter by e-mail.
I have seen a number of people object to having their birthdates listed in IMDb, but I have never seen anyone complain about having a copy of information they provided sent back to them verbatim.
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Could be that a Producer, Director or Casting etc
is looking at IMDb for a actor 50 years old


https://www.imdb.com/search/name
Birth Date
[ 1968-01-01  ] to [ 1968-12-31 ]
Format: YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM, or YYYY

Gender
[_] Males [_] Females

Birth Date between 1968-01-01 and 1968-12-31 Males (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
3,267 names
 
1.   Josh Brolin
2.   Hugh Jackman
3.   Will Smith
4.   Timothy Olyphant
5.   Brendan Fraser
6.   Daniel Craig

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https://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_date=1968-01-01,1968-12-31&gender=female
Birth Date between 1968-01-01 and 1968-12-31 Females (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1,493 names.

1.   Molly Ringwald
2.   Parker Posey
3.   Lucy Liu
4.   Yasmine Bleeth
5.   Catherine Bell
6.   Jane Krakowski


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Could be that there should be options that an agent or manager or talent should have to be able to submit an actor who is 60, looks 50 for that same part. This actor might not be seen because his real age is known. And thanks for the lists. You might've just screwed someone out of a job...especially the list of women. Nice going.
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It is not just looks that matter but also physical fitness and longevity. A lot of investment-minded people would be reluctant to sign somebody for a five-year contract if that person is potentially on his or her deathbed.
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@ Jeorj Euler potentially on his or her deathbed....

https://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_date=1947-01-01,1947-12-31&gender=male
Birth Date between 1947-01-01 and 1947-12-31 Males (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


Arnold Schwarzenegger
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000216/
Born: July 30, 1947
Actor: Movie (47 credits)
The Legend of Conan (announced) - Conan
Kung Fury 2 (pre-production)
Triplets (pre-production) -  Julius Benedict
2019  Untitled Terminator Reboot (filming) -  The Terminator
2018  Viy 2: Journey to China (post-production) -  James Hook

Richard Dreyfuss
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000377/
Born: October 29, 1947
Actor: Movie (63 credits)
2018  Nate & Al (pre-production) -  Ruben Weiss
2018  The Winemaker's Son (filming) - Sal
Asher (post-production) -  Avi
2018  Astronaut (post-production) -  Angus
2018  Daughter of the Wolf (post-production) -  Father
2018/II  The Last Laugh (post-production) -  Buddy Green
2018  Killing Winston Jones (completed) -  Winston Jones
2018  Louisiana Caviar (completed) - Yuri
2018  Book Club -  George

Ted Danson
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001101/
Born: December 29, 1947
Actor: TV (56 credits)
2016-2018  The Good Place (TV Series) -  Michael
Show all 26 episodes

Rob Reiner
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001661/
Born: March 6, 1947
Actor: TV (37 credits)
2012-2018  New Girl (TV Series) - Bob Day
Show all 11 episodes
2018  The Good Fight (TV Series) -  Judge Josh Brickner

Tim Matheson (I)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001513/
Born: December 31, 1947
Actor: Movie (35 credits)
2018  The Etruscan Smile -  Weiss
2018  6 Balloons -  Gary
Actor: TV (139 credits)
2018  The Good Fight (TV Series) - Tully Nelson

Michael McKean (I)
Born: October 17, 1947
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0571106/
Actor: TV (140 credits)
2019  Good Omens (TV Mini-Series) - Shadwell
- Pilot (2019) ... Shadwell
Actor: Movie (68 credits)
2019  Playing God (post-production) -  Frank

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Too late now...

https://www.imdb.com/search/name?death_date=2018-01-01,2018-12-31&sort=death_date,desc
Date of Death between 2018-01-01 and 2018-12-31 (Sorted by Death Date Descending)


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@ Jeorj Euler potentially on his or her deathbed....

Clint Eastwood 88 years old
Born: May 31, 1930  in San Francisco, California, USA
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000142/

The Mule (filming)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7959026/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7959026/reference
A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran
is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine
through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel

Directed by Clint Eastwood
Produced by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood   ...  Earl Stone 

Status:  filming 
Status Updated:  05 Jun 2018
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Two Mules for Sister Sara  (1970)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065134/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065134/reference
Clint Eastwood   ...  Hogan 
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Birth Date between 1930-01-01 and 1930-12-31 Males (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

https://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_date=1930-01-01,1930-12-31&gender=male
2,518 names


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Eastwood


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMDb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMDb#Litigation
...

As of the beginning of 2017,
IMDb has received 2,300 requests from individuals
to remove their date of birth from the site.
Included in this group were 10 Academy Award winners
and another 71 who’ve been nominated for Oscars, Emmys, or Golden Globes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoang_v._Amazon.com,_Inc.
Hoang v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al.
(initially filed as Doe v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al.)
is a lawsuit brought by actress Junie Hoang
in October 2011 against IMDb.com and its parent company Amazon.com
for revealing her true date of birth,
which she said opened her up to age discrimination.
In March 2013, all of her claims against Amazon
and all but one of her claims against IMDb were dismissed,
and in April 2013,
a jury found that IMDb was not liable for the remaining claim
for breach of contract; the verdict was upheld on appeal.



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I would suggest everyone contact the ACLU and request they look into this obvious act of ageism for their personal gain.
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The ACLU's job is to defend everybody's right to print in a newspaper (or upon a website) almost anything that he/she wants, especially if the information is accurate.
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Not if that information is used in an industry that is ageist and used to eliminate potential employment to anyone based on age.
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