Joanie Hoang’s Appeal – IMDb

November 14th, 2013

Joanie Hoang’s Appeal – IMDb

Hoang’s appeal for a retrial against IMDb has the support of SAG-AFTRA and WGAW

Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), will be supporting Junie Hoang’s appeal of the verdict in her lawsuit on age discrimination against IMDb.

Hoang's Appeal

Hoang sued IMDb and the parent company, Amazon, in federal court for allegedly disclosing her age in her profile on the website improperly by accessing her private data.

Earlier this year, a jury ruled in favor of IMDb saying that the company was in the terms of its privacy policy in connection with Hoang. She is looking for a retrial. Hoang’s appeal is on the grounds that she did not receive a fair trial.

SAG-AFTRA and WGAW announced their support for Hoang when they filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena. They support a new trial.

The unions said that they oppose the released information on IMDb’s website that is commonly considered private. Biographical information and personal details are also disclosed on the website. The fear is that this reveal of private information can lead to identity theft or a problem for third parties.

Other fears are that it puts the members of IMDb at a risk for perpetration of scams and it exposes children and family members to potential safety and security risks.

There is also concern that IMDb’s release of birthdates may encourage age discrimination in the casting and hiring process.

IMDb is a major site that actors use to manage their reputation. It has the power to make and break the careers of all sorts of entertainers.

Unfortunately, there has been a lack of confidence in the website recently. The misuse of information they submit with information required for their accounts leaves users lost on how to handle the situation. The privacy and security guidelines should be in place to protect the members of the website.

Hoang’s appeal could be the answer many members are looking for.