Cookie and Privacy Policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

This site may be hosted from time to time in the European Union or associated countries that follow the EU cookie policy, GDPR and related data privacy laws. At other times it may be hosted in the Americas, or both regions. Regardless of where hosted, we frequently receive site visitors from the EU. Out of an abundance of caution and a belief in transparency, we wish to comply with the spirit of the EU policies, even though as legally a US-based company (Florida, USA) usually operated physically out of Uruguay, they aren’t mandatory for an Americas-based site. Even with the EU’s rather silly and outdated Cookie Policy, as well as their more recent and well-considered privacy policies.

Why “silly and outdated”? Cookies are necessary for the full function of most modern websites, including those built with WordPress software like our site. If you block all cookies, some features of our site may not work at all, and others may give you a degraded experience. We at Southern Cross Web and Social Marketing, the owners/publishers of the Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me site network, very much believe in internet privacy, in anti-tracking, in minimizing your “footprint” across the internet. But as professionals, we also know that the modern web simply will not work they way you want it to, with all cookies and all JavaScript blocked entirely. Instead, we suggest you research and consider using some of the same annoyance, ad, and tracker-blocking browser add-ons we ourselves use:

Please do your own searches to learn about uBlock Origin, including the optional added privacy lists like EasyPrivacy and Fanboy’s Annoyances and Social Blocking Lists to use with it. Properly set up, we feel that is all we need. But you may also want to consider Disconnect, Privacy Badger from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, HTTPS Everywhere also from the EFF, and other alternatives. The choice, and the responsibility, is yours.

You are welcome to use as much or as little cookie blocking, script blocking, ad blocking, privacy-enhancer blocking tools as you like. Do understand that the more you block, the worse our site will appear and the fewer functions and features will work.

Our site does use the following 3rd-party services and features to make various things like the comment sections and sharing buttons work, display images more quickly, and yes, give us some anonymous analytical data about where our visitors are coming from, what pages they stay on or leave quickly, where they came from to arrive at our site, and what part of our site they are on when they choose to leave it. We never know WHO you are.

Services include:

  • Google Analytics tracking code and related Google Search Console verification, webmaster tools, site verification, Google+/Google My Business integration.
  • Bing webmaster central site verification.
  • Twitter site verification and Twitter “widgets” for displaying our latest Tweets.
  • Pinterest site verification and Pinterest “widgets”.
  • Facebook site verification and Facebook “widgets”.
  • Google+ “widgets”.
  • StatCounter site visitor statistics tracking code.
  • WordPress-dot-com integration to the WordPress cloud for services like WordPress analytics, Jetpack sharing tools that help you share our posts to your social networks, allow login for comments using your existing IDs from social media and blogging networks instead of having to create a new ID here.
  • Affiliate sales “widgets” and links, with tracking cookies, for online sales from places you already know and likely trust, such as Amazon,, and other major services, along with perhaps lesser-known but we hope useful to you providers of services like Virtual Private Networks to protect your internet privacy, and other services relevant for expats and those thinking of a globally-mobile life.
  • “Widgets” from services such as currency exchange rate providers and fuel price providers, or similar consumer financial services, to help those thinking of moving and traveling to understand the costs involved.
  • Various 3rd-party sharing and/or commenting add-ons. In the past we have used services from Shareaholic for sharing tools, and from both Disqus and LiveFyre for enhanced commenting, though at the time of this writing we are not using them.

We do not keep any personalized data about any of our site visitors, resulting from any of the above or similar features, cookies, or 3rd-party services. However, if you did choose to use the features to “Subscribe to our posts” or “Subscribe to comments on this post”, we of course have your email address and possibly your name, because, you gave it to us! On request to, we will remove that data. Currently that is a manual process, though we may be moving our email subscriptions to a 3rd-party service that will make subscribing and unsubscribing easier for both you and us.

Privacy policy 2018-04-21.0 effective 21-April 2018.