Actress Claims in $1M Suit that Website Used Credit Card Info to Reveal Her Age
Posted Oct 18, 2011 11:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
An actress who wishes to remain anonymous has sued Amazon.com because its movie website revealed her age and her real Asian name.
The actress alleges Amazon’s website IMDb obtained her credit card and other information when she signed up for its subscription service, and then used that data to research public records for confidential information.
The actress says in the suit that her Asian name is difficult to pronounce and she is extremely careful to keep it a secret. Nor has she revealed her age, since she is many years older than she looks.
“In the entertainment industry, youth is king,” the suit says. “If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work.”
The suit alleges fraud, breach of the website’s subscriber agreement, and violation of privacy rights.
Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.