Users MUST be allowed to OPT OUT TO ANY COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFO (UK Opening This Week; Get Showtimes; Now Playing (UK Box Office); etc.)

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Hello imdb.com support team,

 

There is a BIG PROBLEM to correct on your site imdb.com to correct as soon as possible.


I am getting country-specific information for the UK such as:

UK Opening This Week

Get Showtimes

Now Playing (UK Box Office)

UK Coming Soon

 

The BIG PROBLEM is that I ESPECIALLY DO NOT WANT TO SEE COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION FROM THE UK. In fact, I WANT COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION FROM THE USA, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHERE I CURRENTLY LIVE AT THE MOMENT.

 

Could you improve your imdb.com site by allowing logged in users to choose what country-specific information they want to see on their imdb.com home page? It could be country-specific information from the USA, and even country-specific information from any country the user wants country-specific information (irrespective of where the user currently lives) for many very good reasons and to cater for particular cases.

 

Thanks to solve this big problem for me and allow complete freedom on this matter instead of dictatorially imposing country-specific information to users. It is always better to give choice to users and to avoid at any costs forcing on them country-specific information. Please, act in favor of what your users want and implement this important suggestion. Thanks.

 

Kind Regards

MichaelIsGreat





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Posted 3 months ago

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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Then re-set your Location Settings. Turn off Use Device Location. Enter a US Zip Code and select OK
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Hello Ed,


Thanks for your feedback.

When I access the imdb.com home page, I have at the top right my imdb.com account name showing up and when I click on the small arrow associated to it, I get the following:
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Account Settings
Personal Information

    Edit profile
    Login and security
    Personal details
    Linked accounts

Preferences

    Content settings
    Privacy settings
    Email preferences

Other

    View contributions
    Delete account


Create or Update your IMDbPro.com account
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Digging further into these options stated just above, nowhere can I find what you state: No "Location Settings" showing up, no "Use Device Location" showing up either.

Maybe you could guide me step by step on where to find these two options that you stated:
"Location Settings"
"Use Device Location"

Many thanks for your feedback on this matter.


Kind Regards
MichaelIsGreat




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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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You posted this in android. Answer was for Android.

For desktop/laptop/PC use content settings. Pick your Country there.

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Also there is this setting also for showtimes and tickets.
Select the default location below the title. Mine was Anaheim. Change the zip to where you live.

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Hello Ed,


Thanks for your feedback.

I had already set up the Site Preferences as you show.

For the Showtimes & Tickets, I did exactly what you did and I put US and a zip code for a town in California.

However, after doing that, nothing changed and I still get the country-specific information for the U as follows:
UK Opening This Week

Get Showtimes

Now Playing (UK Box Office)

UK Coming Soon


However, I must add that I am currently located in the UK but I nevertheless would like to receive country-specific information for the US instead on the imdb.com homepage and, with the two options you indicated, I am still having on the imdb.com homepage the country-specific information for the UK as stated above!! Really highly disconcerting!

By the way, I did several things such as closing my browser and restarting it and yet I still get the country-specific information for the UK as stated above.


Kind Regards
Michael


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Pretty sure this is browser specific. Your browser is picking up your location ( Tracking you)
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Could be browser.
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Yes it is.
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Hello mlo and Ed,


Thanks for your feedback.

I currently use Firefox latest version (68.0) and Windows 10 Pro.
---At least for Windows I have completely disabled the location in settings.
---In Firefox, under Options, Privacy & Security, Permissions, there is a location option where you can click on a settings button and it lists the sites where you allow your location to be used. Only one site I have allowed to use my location but it is not imdb.com.
See more information on the fact that Firefox does not share your location with any site unless you explicitly give permission to do so at https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/does-firefox-share-my-location-websites

For these reasons, I doubt (even though I am not sure at all) that the culprit would be Firefox.


Kind Regards
Michael
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Hi Michael, all browsers regardless of the settings record your location from your ISP.
Websites have all sorts of tricky ways to track you, cookies, pixel tags, ultrasound beacons, browser fingerprinting and more.
You can't get showtimes in the USA with an ISP location of the UK or no location at all. 
If you want to get showtimes in the USA from the UK the only way around this is to use a proxy located in the USA.
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Hello mlo,

Well, the sites that use Firefox do not have access to the location unless they ask for it through the browser.
Without this formal request and the formal permission by the user of the browser, imdb.com cannot have access to my location. Therefore, I do not think that imdb.com could get access to my location. And yet, it seems that imdb.com seems to have managed to do just that, get access to my location without even asking this location!

Therefore, it is a problem directly related to imdb.com and not the browser. imdb.com has bypassed illegally the browser official request to have access to my location and has stolen it in order to add country-specific information.
To conclude, imdb.com fraudulently and illegally steals the location from the browser without the browser "noticing" it because imdb.com wants to impose on a few countries country-specific information on the homepage. It is the case with the UK, also with India and I am sure quite a few other countries!

By doing this kind of action, imdb.com does not see that it acts against itself in many ways and against the users of imdb.com.

Kind Regards
MichaelIsGreat
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Hi Michael. The problem is your browser (Firefox) NOT showing your location as the USA. You have to make your browser show you are located in the USA, Not the UK to get USA showtimes.
The only way to do that is to use a proxy in the USA.
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Hello Milo,


I wish it was that simple what you are saying.

For example, Showtimes & Tickets, I set it up to see the information of a town in California, and I have indeed no problems seeing the information related to this US town in California.
Therefore, if it was my browser Firefox that would be the culprit, how could I see the information from a US town in California for Showtimes & Tickets and yet the homepage for imdb.com is nevertheless tailored with country-specific information from the UK?! It does not make sense at all.
Therefore, your assumption that it is my browser Firefox that would be the culprit does not make sense at all.

By the way, using Edge, I have the same country-specific information for the UK on the homepage of imdb.com. And I am not even logged in when I use Edge whereas I am logged in when I use Firefox.
By the way, when I use MS Edge (and I am logged into imdb.com) instead of Firefox, I have the same problem. The homepage is tailored for information that are country-specific for the UK and when I check the Showtimes & Tickets, surprise it is tailored to the town I live in the UK!

Therefore, nothing indicates that the culprit would be Firefox!! In fact, what I explain indicates that the culprit is NOT Firefox!!


Kind Regards
MichaelIsGreat
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Hi Michaellsgreat,

I apologize for any inconvenience but the mentioned features (such as are determined by your geo-location (IP Address), and as a result are not addressable in the Site Preferences at this time.
As an alternative for country-specific info, you are welcome to visit the "Upcoming Releases for United States" page.
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Hello Taylor,


Thanks for your feedback.

Could you make sure that you will ask that a coming feature of your site be to allow the users of imdb.com to decide which country-specific information they want to have on their imdb.com homepage, irrespective of where they are located at a particular point in time.

At the end of the day, a site is no different than a software package, you must try to add the features that the users of your site ask for. Hence, I count on you to transmit this feature that I ask you to include on imdb.com to the appropriate team at Amazon who is in charge of improving further the imdb.com site.

Having said that, to use someone's personal IP address should not be something that is allowed unless the user granted the permission to do so. That is another attack on someone's privacy I could say. I do not say that it is not done by many other sites but that should be another privacy item that should be allowed only after having asked the computer user if he/she wishes to allow the sharing of his personal IP address.

Again, thanks for your feedback on this issue.

On a positive note, thank you for your site imdb.com that I really appreciate using but please take into account the users' feedback that you get to improve imdb.com further.

The more you take into account the users' feedback that you receive, the more users of your imdb.com site you will have. That is as simple as that.


Kind Regards
MichaelIsGreat
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