CHATSWORTH, Calif. — The Adult Performers Actors Guild today issued the following warning relative to apparent identity theft within the adult filmmaking community.
"It has come to the attention of the Adult Performers Actors Guild that several performers may be at risk of identity theft. We are expressing concern over a disgruntled employee, who has been employed by numerous production companies, and is believed to have stolen performer information that is readily available on 2257 documents.
"This news is of major concern to performers and is a reminder that producers and directors need to be sure to handle performers privacy with respect and diligence. Many performers do not realize that their private information is legally protected by their civil rights. When a violation of privacy occurs, it is the responsibility of the custodian of those of records to alert any performer whose privacy and civil rights have been violated.
"Unfortunately, this is not the first time a performers private and personal information has been stolen due to lax security measures by a producer, director, or even agent. We ask that those who employ performers, and thus receive their private and personal information, treat it as they would their own. Many performers have experienced identity theft due to poor 2257 paperwork storage, and we would like to put an end to this issue. The Guild is currently working on ways to better secure performers privacy and secure their safety."