January 17, 2022

Online Databases: Amazon Sued For Publishing Actress's Real Age in Internet Movie Database (IMDb) + Full Text of Complaint

UPDATE: Full Text of Complaint (13 pages; PDF)

From Media Post:

An actress is suing Amazon for allegedly using information from her credit card to discover her true date of birth and append it to her public Internet Movie Database listing.

The actress, who filed suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe, says in her complaint that she created a professional profile in Amazon’s IMDb.com eight years ago. She did so under a stage name, and also evidently shaved a few years off of her real age, which her lawsuit indicates is around 40.


She alleges that Amazon’s IMDb.com could only have discovered her real age by using her credit card information to scour public records for data about her.

“Prior to subscribing to IMDbPro, there were absolutely no means by which defendants could have obtained Plaintiff’s legal name or date of birth,” she alleges in her complaint, which was filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

See Also: Actress sues Amazon for revealing her age on IMDb  (via Seattle Times, AP)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.