PrivacyDuck vs Removaly 2021: Best Data Removal Service?

At Removaly, we are always working to ensure our users have the most information possible when considering data removal services to remove their personal information from the web. Because of this, we like providing comparison guides, which contrast Removaly to alternative data removal services in the space.

The comparison we will be making here today is Removaly vs PrivacyDuck, a boutique data removal service operating out of Los Angeles, here in the United States. Below, we are going to dive into multiple comparisons between PrivacyDuck and Removaly, in the hopes of helping you to make the best decision for your unique set of needs.

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


What We Know About PrivacyDuck

PrivacyDuck is a US-based data privacy service, started in 2015 but came to fruition around 2017. It was run by Will McAdam until his untimely passing in mid-2021. Before starting PrivacyDuck, Will was the director of Reputation.com’s privacy department. Since Will’s death, the company has been taken over by his husband, August. We have been in contact with August regarding the future of PrivacyDuck, and have donated to Will’s GoFundMe. However, right now, they are listed as being Permanently Closed in Google and their site has shut down.

Focusing more on a manual, boutique enterprise, PrivacyDuck prides itself on a manual, completely non-automated service. In their eyes, the human element is crucial to ensure every opt out is run in the most effective manner. While making for a hyper-personalized experience, it also comes with potential drawbacks, including slow run-times.

PrivacyDuck is the closest competitor to Removaly when it comes to a focus on self-education for consumers. With many opt-out guides available as free resources, and even extensive YouTube tutorials, PrivacyDuck lives up to the first sentence on their home page: “We’re proudly pro-education, pro-consumer advocacy when it comes to your Personally Identifiable Information being found online.”

Fast Facts on PrivacyDuck vs Removaly

PrivacyDuckRemovaly
Websites Covered94 Sites48 Sites
Frequency of ScanningMonthlyFull Daily Scans
Annual Cost (1 Person)$499.99-$999.99$119.40
Annual Cost (2 People)$999.99-$1,999.98$155.40 (35% off)
Annual Cost (4 People)$1,999.98-$3,999.97$179.40 (75% off)
Multiple Name/Address CombosUnknownUNLIMITED
LocationUnited StatesUnited States
Outside InvestorsNoNo, Self-Funded
Donates Portion of ProceedsNoYes

Sites Removed: PrivacyDuck vs Removaly

In their 2020 client services guide, PrivacyDuck states they remove clients’ personal information from 94 sites. Many of these 94 fall in line with the sites removed through other data removal services. There is no updated data as to what that number has been for 2021, however we did find that some of the sites in their list no longer exist, so the list will likely be updated in the near future.

In comparison, Removaly currently removes users’ personally identifiable information (or PII) from 48 people search websites and data brokers. 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.

While serving 94 sites is impressive (especially considering the manual entry performed by PrivacyDuck), there are concerns as to some sites no longer existing from their list. Additionally, looking at past years of their client services guide, the number of sites PrivacyDuck covers actually has decreased over the past few years. Removaly’s number of sites removed is always up to date, and consistently growing.

Pricing Strategy: Removaly vs PrivacyDuck

PrivacyDuck currently offers two levels of subscription. The first is a $499 per year service, and the second a $999 service. Essentially, the two levels of service offer the same general features, but the more expensive service covers about twice as many websites. All transactions are processed manually and are not rebilled. It has been noted that this is done for customer privacy purposes.

In comparison, Removaly offers three levels of pricing. Our individual plan is $9.95 per month (billed annually at $119.40). The couple plan covers two people and is $12.95 (billed annually at $155.40). Our family plan covers three to six people in the same family and is $14.95 per month (billed annually at $179.40).

It’s quite clear that PrivacyDuck’s services are much more expensive compared to just about all competitors, including Removaly. They rationalize this with their bespoke, personal approach, and complete lack of automation. Essentially, the cost of labor associated with the service is baked into PrivacyDuck’s exorbitant cost. Regardless, the hybrid automated-manual approach taken by Removaly reaches the same service levels as PrivacyDuck, at a small fraction of the price.

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 PrivacyDuck

PrivacyDuck’s services are unique in that all parts of the process are performed manually. While this means that there is a bit more TLC taken into account in their data removal processes, it also means that their scans are monthly, if not more spaced out than that. While there are complaints of users not receiving their monthly reports, however these complaints appeared to overlap with the sickness and untimely passing of Will McAdam, who handled the majority of opt out processes and reporting.

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.

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 PrivacyDuck.

Last known capture of PrivacyDuck home page.

Public Image and Activity: Removaly vs PrivacyDuck

Will McAdam was well known in the data privacy space for being a staunch advocate of personal data privacy and security. He made it a point, through Removaly and on his own, to keep users up to speed on updates to data privacy, data brokers, and more through both his personal Twitter account, the PrivacyDuck social media account, and the extensive resources available on PrivacyDuck while the site was online. PrivacyDuck was also one of the first services to offer step-by-step video opt out guides for free to all users.

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 PrivacyDuck

While deep in the data removal scene for quite some time, we were unable to locate any external awards or recognition by PrivacyDuck. With the company essentially starting from square one at the current time, we expect this to continue to be the case. However, it is known that Will and PrivacyDuck were donators to LGBTQ+ causes.

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 PrivacyDuck

In several complaints lodged to the Better Business Bureau and Yelp, when refunds are requested it appears in many cases those requests are denied. Cancellations seem simpler, as their rebill process is fully manual as well.

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 unhappy with the service levels received, sending us an email will allow us to both cancel your account and provide you with a refund. Additionally, you can cancel your account straight from your user dashboard. Removaly offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all paid plans.

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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