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UGH! Media Privacy Policy

Who we are

UGH! Media is a modern, distributed (100% remote) company with less than 250 employees.

Our goal is to be a lead information source for small businesses (in the U.S.A) that struggle with the various components of digital transformation. From common website roadblocks to data-driven digital marketing plans.

Note: UGH! Media firmly believes that one (of the many) essential things when “being online” is to provide data privacy and protection. In response, since we monetize the site through advertising, we offer customizable “opt-out” choices. Furthermore, we do not sell visitor data to third parties or anyone else. For visitors outside of the U.S.A., in countries with more comprehensive data protection regulations, “opt-out” options are also displayed. However, we may also utilize Country Blockers in regions that we cannot accommodate just yet.

Please note, if the Cookie/Data Consent notice “disappears” or “closes” before a choice is made, a “sticky” Manage Consent tab displays at the bottom of the screen where you can adjust preferences before continuing.

This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information received, collected, retained, and/or temporarily stored by UGH! Media and how it gets used.

  • Our website address is:
  • Please email data requests to
  • For general questions, email: (contact us via the instructions on the Contact Page).
  • For requests (affiliate, partnership, research/review, or linking) email: (submit requests via the instructions on the Requests Page).
  • The email is used for outgoing information requests and we cannot reply from that alias.

Below are links to additional terms and conditions for using this site:

Log Files

Like many other websites, UGH! Media makes use of log files. The information inside of log files may include:

  • Internet protocol (IP) addresses
  • Type of browser
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Date/time stamp
  • Referring/exit pages
  • The number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the website, and gather demographic information

Some regulations (depending on your home state/country) imply that IP addresses and other details don’t get linked to any personally identifiable information. However, with the new GDPR rolling out on May 25th, 2018, we agree with Recital 30 that:

Natural persons may be associated with online identifiers provided by their devices, applications, tools, and protocols, such as internet protocol addresses, cookie identifiers, or other identifiers such as radio frequency identification tags. This may leave traces which, in particular when combined with unique identifiers and additional information received by the servers, may be used to create profiles of the natural persons and identify them.

Cookies and Web Beacons

UGH! Media uses cookies to store information about visitor preferences, like which information appeals to our audience on specific pages. We do that by recording search phrases entered into the search tool (magnifying glass icon) on the site. We also use cookies to help customize web page content based on browser type, and other information visitors send via their browser. For more detailed information, please visit our Cookie Policy.

Here is more info on how Google uses information from sites or apps that use its services:

These third-party ad servers (or ad networks) use technology to display the advertisements and links that appear on UGH! Media and get sent directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. In addition, other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may be used by the third-party ad networks to measure advertisement effectiveness and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

How to Opt Out of Cookies

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to this website or other websites.
  • Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings. (Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting

Currently, UGH! Media primarily uses Google AdSense on all blog posts and a few other pages.

UGH! Media has no access or control over cookies that third-party advertisers or third-party services use. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or websites for more detailed information on their practices, as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of specific practices. For Google Ads, you can find instructions on how to do that here: For additional info on third-party services used by UGH! Media, keep reading.

UGH! Media privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control other advertisers’ or websites’ activities. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your browser settings. More detailed information about cookie management for specific web browsers is on your browser’s respective website. Note: Although the below-listed browser’s list (highlighted in pink) is not an all-encompassing list of available web browsers, they are some of the most popular ones.

If you use Yahoo, here is a link to their “Privacy controls” page:

For Bing, here is a link to their “Privacy settings” page:

Microsoft Edge users: here is the link to their “Privacy > Ad Settings” page:

If you use Google, you can find the “Data & Personalization” settings here:

If you use Mozilla Firefox, here is a link to their “Privacy and security settings” page:

For DuckDuckGo, here is a link to their “Settings” page:

What personal data we collect and why:


When visitors leave comments on the site (you must login in to do so), we collect the data shown in the comments form, an IP address, and browser user agent string (to help with spam detection).

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Here is Gravatar’s privacy policy:


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the site can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

UGH! Media does not currently use a contact form. Please visit our contact page for more info.


To view and manage cookie consent, please refer to the “sticky” Manage Consent tab at the bottom of the screen. Also, for detailed controls, additional cookie information, and more, please refer to our Cookie Policy.

If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year, and you must log in (with a Gravatar account) to leave a comment.

If you have an account and log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and gets discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies continue for a year.

Please note:

  • If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks.
  • When you log out of your account, the login cookies get removed.
  • If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie gets saved in your browser. (This cookie includes no personal data and indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.)

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, GIFS, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other site.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Currently UGH! Media’s data processor is Google Analytics.

Here is a link to the Google Analytics Privacy Policy:

Google Analytics offers a browser add-on to opt-out of analytics tracking. Here is the link:

Whom we share your data with

UGH! Media doesn’t sell data to other organizations. Instead, we use services from third-party providers to help bring visitors relevant content and improve website functionality and security.

Below is a list of some other third-party services (cloud-based or not) that we use (as of October 7, 2021) and links to their privacy policies. As a best practice, it is recommended that you review every third-party services’ privacy policy before using them. Usage reason noted in parenthesis. For third-party cookie information, please refer to our Cookie Policy.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata get preserved so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

Google Analytics user and event data retention data are held on our site for a total of 38 months, beginning May 25th, 2018.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also view and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us, by emailing

You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you by emailing

Please note that this does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service before being sent for review. Also, visitor comments, logins, and data get automatically scanned with real-time malware, firewall, and spam detection (or similar) technologies. In this case, UGH! Media utilizes Wordfence. More info can be found here:

Your Contact Information

UGH! Media doesn’t share nor sell contact data to other organizations.

For any privacy-specific questions, please email

Additional Information

As mentioned above, UGH! Media monetizes this website through Google AdSense. Also, we sometimes use affiliate links to gain a commission on promotions, sales, or services. All affiliate links on the website are marked with an asterisk (*) symbol and include a disclaimer.

How we protect your data

UGH! Media website is encrypted with different technologies. We utilize SSL protection, 2FA, Content Delivery Networks, Firewalls, Country Blocking (we are solely based in the U.S.A), and other security measures.

What data breach procedures we have in place

While no online service is 100% secure, we work very hard to protect information about you against unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction and take reasonable measures to do so, such as monitoring our Services for potential vulnerabilities and attacks.

UGH! Media utilizes alerts and added security through Wordfence, our Host, and a Content Delivery Network — 24/7.

Since we are just beginning to grow our blog, we have a limited number of users and require you to log in to comment through Gravatar (please see above RE: the “Comments” section for more info).

What third parties we receive data from

UGH! Media doesn’t currently accept data from third-party services for marketing or advertising.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

UGH! Media does not provide any service that includes automated decision-making/profiling.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We update our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy to keep visitors and users up-to-date from time to time. Therefore, we encourage you to check for new changes frequently. Please see below for the changelog.


  • 2/23/22: Updated email and contact options list
  • 10/7/21: Added additional third-party policy links
  • 8/31/21: Removed all instances of “LLC,” because UGH Media is pursuing a different business structure
  • 7/15/21: Detailed Cookie Policy link(s) added, contact form info changed, and third-party info changed
  • 3/15/21: “Note” added to Who We Are section. Log Files section definition/explanation updated – added may include.
  • 7/13/20: Listed excluded AdSense pages, Created additional privacy links for popular web browsers, “Analytics” (section) opt-out browser add-on link added, “Whom we share your data with” (section) third-party list update, “Additional information” (section) affiliate notice update
  • 11/26/19: UGH! Media no longer utilizes Stop Spammer services and has since switched to Wordfence
  • 11/26/19: Contact Form Provider changed from Sumo to WPForms.
  • 1/30/19: Canonical URL changed to /privacy-policy-2/ vs. /privacy-policy/
  • 5/24/18: Links to other Terms section(s) added
  • 5/23/18: Personal Data Collection Policy, Data Sharing Policy, Data Retention Policy, User Data Rights, and “Additional Information” sections added
  • 1/9/17: Original Privacy Policy Published