We here at Removaly were curious as to what happened to PrivacyDuck in mid-2021. It seemed as if the boutique data removal service just disappeared off the face of the online earth. We have been asked by prospective clients and people within the data removal space this question as well. As a result, we tried to dig in to get to the answer. Here is everything we know thus far.
What is PrivacyDuck?
To start, it may be beneficial to take a look at what PrivacyDuck actually is for those unaware. Started in 2013, PrivacyDuck was one of the original data removal services, coming to fruition around the same time as DeleteMe and OneRep. However, instead of being focused on expanding growth rapidly, founder Will McAdam focused on customer service and putting the customer at the forefront of the process.
Doing so meant that the entire process for customer removals was manual, taking place completely in-house with Will and his small team, sending emails, making calls, and sending letters on behalf of customers. As a result, their prices were higher than competitors, but they were great about leaving no stone left unturned.
In addition, Will McAdam and company were strong privacy resource advocates, providing extensive free opt out guides and video overviews for those unable to afford the prices common in the digital privacy data removal space.
This ran until mid-2021, when PrivacyDuck’s website suddenly went offline with no notice. We discovered this in early August and tried to figure out what had happened. Here is what we found.
What Happened to PrivacyDuck?
Sadly, we discovered that William McAdam, CEO and founder of PrivacyDuck, passed away due to COVID-19 complications on July 18th, 2021. He was 39 years old. He was survived by his husband August Skyheart, who was second-in-command of PrivacyDuck at the time of Will’s death.
What Is Next For PrivacyDuck’s Future?
This is the million-dollar question. We here at Removaly have been in touch with August to see if there is anything we can do to assist. What we know thus far is that the future of PrivacyDuck is still to be determined. At this time, no new customer registrations are being offered. However, August plans to continue support for the current PrivacyDuck user base.
What Can I Do To Help?
Losing a loved one is always an incredibly difficult time, especially so suddenly and at such a young age. His husband, August, has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the costs involved. Removaly has already made a donation, and we encourage you to help in that way if you can.
All the best,
Kyle and John, Removaly