Actors can get their age removed from IMDb under new California law – CNET
If an actor doesn’t want to reveal their age, they can now keep it off the internet, too.
Under a new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, entertainment database sites such as IMDb would be required to remove the age of an actor if asked. The move was both celebrated by the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union as a means to combat age discrimination and opposed by those claiming the move would suppress free speech, reports Variety.
“SAG-AFTRA has been working hard for years to stop the career damage caused by the publication of performers’ dates of birth on online subscription websites used for casting like IMDb and StudioSystem,” the union said in a statement.
The law, titled AB 1687 and authored by state Majority Leader Ian Calderon, would give sites five days to comply to a request to remove age information.
Amazon did not immediately return CNET’s request for comment.
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