NY Man Sues Gay Porn Company for Selling His Personal Information

Monday October 21, 2019

A man from the Hudson Valley region of New York is suing a gay porn company for selling his private information, according to a report from the New York Post.

Dennis Chiamulera filed the lawsuit on Oct. 15 in Manhattan Federal Court, claiming TLA Video, located in Philadelphia, broke privacy laws by selling customer data to brokers and data aggregators. He alleges TLA, which calls itself "one of the nation's leading providers of adult films [which] specializes in gay and lesbian cinema," sold his personal info like his name and address to third parties.

In his suit, he also claims the company will break down if their customers are gay or straight and which films they've rented or purchased. Chiamulera says that he's had to face "a barrage" of junk mail due to his data allegedly being sold, adding it's also dangerous for "vulnerable members of society" like LGBTQ people.

"In fact, almost any organization could rent a list with the names and address of all gay TLA consumers who live in Texas; such a list would cost approximately $135 per thousand names listed," Chiamulera said in the filing.

He is seeking class-action status for his lawsuit along with $2,500 in damages for every plaintiff.

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