Privacy Bee vs Removaly 2022: Best Data Removal Service?

Here at Removaly, we consider it extremely important to provide a wide expanse of information for those looking to remove their personal data from people search websites. As a result, we like to provide our inquisitive users with comparison guides, putting Removaly head to head with competing data removal companies.

The comparison we will be making here today is Removaly vs Privacy Bee, an United States based data removal service that is very new to the scene. Below, we are going to dig into several comparisons between Privacy Bee and Removaly, in the hopes of helping you to make the best decision for your unique set of needs.

In this comparison guide, we are going to discuss and contrast Privacy Bee company information, number of sites removed, customer service, pricing, frequency of scanning, and some pros and cons of Privacy Bee vs Removaly.

What We Know About Privacy Bee

Privacy Bee is a US-based data removal service started in 2020 by ZoomInfo VP Harry Maugans.

Their process is a bit different than other standard data removal services. It appears that Privacy Bee scrapes Privacy Policies of corporations for removal opportunities and aggregates them. From there, they process an average of two to three data deletion and opt out requests per user per day.

Their comprehensive process is listed as five steps: choose companies you can trust, developing a protective privacy shell, wave privacy into your life, protect your privacy offline, and protect your entire family. All these steps mesh with Privacy Bee services. One interesting thing we found in their FAQ was that they suggest providing Privacy Bee with a LPOA (limited power of attorney) to act on users’ behalf.

Fast Facts on REMOVALY vs Privacy Bee

Privacy BeeRemovaly
Websites Covered205+49 Sites
Frequency of ScanningUnknownFull Daily Scans
Annual Cost (1 Person)$197$119.40
Annual Cost (2 People)$394$179.40
Annual Cost (4 People)$788$239.40
Multiple Name/Address CombosUnknownCovered
LocationUnited StatesUnited States
Outside InvestorsUnknownNo, Self-Funded
Donates Portion of ProceedsUnknownYes

Sites Removed: Privacy Bee vs Removaly

While it is unclear how many sites Privacy Bee removes from, we are curious as to how their business model works for number of sites removed. While removing from 2-3 sites per day compounds over time, we are wondering the frequency of scans, and if they are primarily a removal service or a monitoring service.

In comparison, Removaly currently removes users’ personally identifiable information (or PII) from the 49 most common people search websites and data brokers. All users receive access to removal from all sites with Removaly, there is no tiering involved.

Included in our list is such sites as Intelius, CheckPeople, MyLife, CheckThem, Radaris, and many more. We offer a comprehensive list of what sites we remove from here, as well as explanations as to what they are and what they do.

Privacy Bee’s actual processes seem to be a blend of removal services, monitoring services, and quite a few other service offerings. To compare, Removaly remains transparent about what we remove from and why. We offer daily scans and removals from 49 sites, plain and simple.

Pricing Strategy: Removaly vs Privacy Bee

Before 2022, Privacy Bee offered their service for $9 per month or $86 per year for an annual plan. At the time of this writing, their FAQ page shows their previous pricing. However, in 2022, they increased their pricing to $197 per person per year. We were unable to find any discounts for couples or families with Privacy Bee, and in their FAQ Privacy Bee specifically states one person, one account, so these prices scale with more people needing removals.

In comparison, Removaly offers three levels of pricing, not to upsell you services, but to accommodate the size of your family. Our individual plan is $9.95 per month (billed annually at $119.40). The couple plan covers two people and is $14.95 (billed annually at $179.40). This gives more flexibility to those who only need a two-person plan, or want to go in with a friend to get a Removaly membership. Our family plan covers three or more people in the same family and is $14.95 per month (billed annually at $239.40).

Overall, Privacy Bee’s services are quite a but more expensive than Removaly services. However, their service offerings seem to be cross-niche compared to what Removaly offers. We wish there was a bit more transparency as to what was actually done with paid services, and what websites they actively remove from to validate the cost of their paid offering. To compare, for four people to be covered with PrivacyBee, the cost will be close to $800 compared to Removaly’s $239.40.

Concerned about how much information about you is freely available online? Get your data automatically removed from dozens of people search websites and data brokers, and avoid hate raids, for less than the cost of a Netflix subscription with Removaly.

Scan Frequency: Removaly vs Privacy Bee

Per the Privacy Bee FAQ: “We usually process 2-3 data deletion and opt-out requests per user per day, depending on our active workload.” We are unsure as to what exactly this means, as users likely have dozens of exposures upon initial scanning. Also, while this may cover the speed at which removal submissions occur, it does not cover the frequency of re-scanning.

In comparison, Removaly is currently the only data removal service globally that scans every single day. We know that sometimes personal info pops back up under name variations or different addresses. We also know that there is no time to waste when this information reappears. This is why our daily scans are the most robust in the industry.

Removaly’s initial scan completes in about five minutes, and a manual check is performed by a co-founder to ensure that no stone is left unturned. This offers the benefits of both automated and manual scanning, which is a touch not found in other competitors that we know of. We also have the capacity to submit all of what we find for removal within 24-48 hours.

Overall, with daily scanning, Removaly is the closest data removal service on the market today to a permanent removal. We believe that it is important to constantly monitor for intrusions of personal information for our customers. Daily scanning is one of the hallmarks of Removaly’s data removal services, and we believe it makes it a superior offering to competitors such as Privacy Bee.

privacy bee home page
Privacy Bee Home page, January 2022

Public Image and Activity: Removaly vs Privacy Bee

Privacy Bee is quite active in the public space. They maintain a consistent and useful blog with well-written guides on digital privacy in the modern age. They also maintain a semi-regularly updated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account regarding their digital privacy services, updates to their blog, and commentary about the state of privacy. Finally, Privacy Bee appears to be frequently noted in mid-range digital publications around the web in relevant privacy-focused articles.

To compare, the two-man team at Removaly strives to be up to date in the data removal industry, consistently present in discussions, and always available for questions, comments, and concerns. We maintain an active blog with articles relevant to the data privacy space and also strive to maintain an active presence on social media.

Awards, Recognition, and Philanthropy: Removaly vs Privacy Bee

We have not been able to locate any information on awards and recognition received by Privacy Bee. Additionally, they have no notes on their website regarding philanthropic work. However, as mentioned, they are a relatively new-to-the-scene business, so it will likely take some time for recognition to come in for Privacy Bee from external sources.

In comparison, while Removaly is still a relatively new business (launched in June 2021), we have already blasted onto the data removal scene. As a bootstrapped two-man team, we achieved #1 Product of the Day on ProductHunt, beating out billion-dollar, VC-invested projects and startups. Additionally, we are currently in competition for Startup of the Year for 2021 on Hackernoon for Blacksburg, Virginia.

Removaly as August 6, 2021’s ProductHunt Product of the Day

We have also pledged to donate a portion of our profits to relevant entities in the digital privacy space. For example, Removaly donates a portion of profits to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Additionally, we are strong advocates for Hate Raid Response, assisting streamers in mitigating the damage caused by hate raids.

Ease Of Cancellation and Refunds: Removaly vs Privacy Bee

Privacy Bee’s frequently asked questions section lays out their cancellation policy clearly: “You can cancel your subscription at any time. Any existing data deletion requests will be canceled and you will no longer have data privacy protection in the future. A cancellation has no effect on past/pending requests.”

If you are a free member who simply signed up for a Removaly scan, we make it quick and simple to completely delete your account with a single button click from the dashboard. If you are a paid Removaly subscriber and would like to cancel, you can cancel your account directly from your user dashboard. Removaly offers a money-back guarantee for all paid plans so if we’re not able to complete the work as promised we’d be happy to provide a full refund.

We at Removaly consider it incredibly important that cancellation and refund options exist and are clearly and easily accessible for all users. We refuse to hide our policies and consider it strong customer service to ensure that our opt out service also has a clear and simple opt out option available.

Concerned about how much information about you is freely available online? Get your data automatically removed from dozens of people search websites and data brokers, and avoid hate raids, for less than the cost of a Netflix subscription with Removaly.

Overall, all data removal services online exist for the common good of the consumer, and getting their private information off the Internet. Despite this, there are advantages and potential disadvantages to all data removal services. As a result, it’s crucial to get a bird’s eye view of how these data removal services work and how they differ from one another.

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