A woman suing IMDB for listing her age has identified herself, after a federal judge ruled that the case could not go forward unless she revealed her identity.
Huang Hoang amended her $1 million suit against the site to include her name, a move that drew the support of the Screen Actors Guild.
“Ms. Hoang has shown great courage in stepping forward and pursuing her claims despite efforts to deter her by demanding she be publicly identified,” SAG said in a statement. “Thousands of actors have had their careers harmed by the unauthorized publication of their birthdates by IMDB against their wishes. Screen Actors Guild and its members stand in support of efforts to curtail this invasion of privacy done to enhance a corporate balance sheet.”
Her case, filed in October under the name Jane Doe, contends that by listing ages without consent, IMDB damages careers as performers face dwindling opportunities after their 30s, and the prospect of casting directors dropping them from consideration. She has found support in her case from SAG and AFTRA.
IMDB and its parent, Amazon, are trying to get the case dismissed, arguing that Hoang has “no legal privacy interest in her date of birth,” as it can be obtained in public records.
Although Hoang has claimed that IMDB obtained the birthdate from information she gave to them when subscribing to IMDBPro, the site said she gave her consent as part of the subscriber agreement.