Personal information discovered without consent being included on actor's profile

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The biography section for actor Andrew Scott is full of personal information that he has never been open about - he's very private, yet the person who wrote the bio has included details on the names of his siblings, age gaps between them, his parents' names, his parents' jobs, and what school he attended.

The person in question is well known in his general fandom for being dangerously obsessive; she's tried to publish a book about him and his private life, which Scott spoke out about, saying, "I don't support it. I absolutely don't... I find it intrusive. And it will be inaccurate, that's what it'll be." She's since devoted an alarming amount of time to making various hateful twitter accounts, spreading more personal information and sending harassing messages to anyone who supports him. She's also known to have manipulated youngsters waiting for autographs at the stage door into trying to get hold of Scott to ask him for an interview, though he's never agreed to meeting her.

Bizarrely, she also runs a fan newsletter sort of blog, and she continues to post updates on him and his life - despite the fact that the actor has made it clear he does not want her digging around, and despite the fact that there is a poll with over 2000 signatures to stop her trying to publish her unwanted biography about him - which she hasn't given up on yet. 

Is there any way the personal information can be removed/she can be blocked from writing on his profile? She's done the same to his Wiki page with regards to personal info, and from her history of causing trouble she can be somewhat dangerous; she once threatened people by saying she knew their IP addresses, and she really isn't the sort of person you'd want associating with your website. 

Here are some links if it helps:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0778831/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

http://www.imdb.com/search/name?bio_author=Gail%20Glaser&view=simple&sort=alpha

http://scotties-still-have-a-voice.tumblr.com/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/scotties-still-have-a-voice



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I am sure that this is frustrating, but IMDb will almost never remove accurate information. Items such as family ties, schools attended etc. are public information, and as such considered valid for inclusion in a Biography.

If this person has included any false information, you should be able to get that corrected, but IMDb will not remove data simply because the person it refers to does not want it there.

IMDb has specifically mentions in their Submission Guides: Biographical Information (Mini-bio Section) that they will not remove Mini-bios. I have seen many requests to remove Bios, but to the best of my knowledge this has never been done.

Also, if you check the instructions there, you will see that the Bio she created matches what they want to see better than most, which reduces the chance of removal.

I am afraid that Mr Scott is out of luck here.
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WAIT.... so any random person, regardless of their qualifications, lack of writing skills, or a total lack of scruples, can write a bio for a celebrity on IMDB? Are you kidding? This is the worst thing I've ever heard! 

The most offensive thing about this bio is that Mr. Scott's sexuality is mentioned. Whether or not it's a matter of public record, THAT HAS NO PLACE IN A BIO!! I cannot believe this is being condoned.
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so any random person, regardless of their qualifications, lack of
writing skills, or a total lack of scruples, can write a bio for a
celebrity on IMDB?
Well, yes and no. Anybody can write a bio and submit it to IMDb. However, submissions do not just show up on the page; they are checked by a Data Manager first, and only if they find it at least passable will it be accepted.

The most offensive thing about this bio is that Mr. Scott's sexuality is
mentioned. Whether or not it's a matter of public record, THAT HAS NO
PLACE IN A BIO!! I cannot believe this is being condoned.


Actually, IMDb specifically states in the Guide I linked in my previous post :
Unacceptable Bio-Trivia


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  • Personal details about sexual orientation or religion.
However, the two items that do mention that are not in the Biography proper; they are in Personal Quotes. This section is for "unscripted statements the person has made, generally in an interview or lecture setting" and IMDb states that  "[a]ll quotes must include the source (URL, publication etc.) of the quote in the comment field."

I believe that IMDb's position here is that if the person has made that statement publicly, then they should have no problem with it being repeated here.

If you can show that he never made these statements, then you may be able to get them removed, but if he actually made them in a public forum or in an interview, they will not be deleted.




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