Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Ad Hoc Fiction we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals. If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact the Editor via the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page on this site.

Ad Hoc Fiction operates the website adhocfiction.com. It is Ad Hoc Fiction’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

  1. Cookies A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Ad Hoc Fiction uses cookies to help Ad Hoc Fiction identify and track visitors, their usage of Ad Hoc Fiction website, and their website access preferences. Ad Hoc Fiction visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Ad Hoc Fiction’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Ad Hoc Fiction’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies. Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.
  2. Website Visitors Like most website operators, Ad Hoc Fiction collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Ad Hoc Fiction’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Ad Hoc Fiction’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Ad Hoc Fiction may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. Ad Hoc Fictionalso collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users and for users submitting content. Ad Hoc Fiction only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.
  3. Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information Certain visitors to Ad Hoc Fiction’s website choose to interact with Ad Hoc Fiction in ways that require Ad Hoc Fiction to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Ad Hoc Fiction gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, Ad Hoc Fiction collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Ad Hoc Fiction. Ad Hoc Fiction does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
  4. Aggregated Statistics Ad Hoc Fiction may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For instance, Ad Hoc Fiction may monitor the number of visitors to a specific page. Ad Hoc Fiction may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Ad Hoc Fiction does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
  5. Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information Ad Hoc Fiction discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Ad Hoc Fiction’s behalf or to provide services available at Ad Hoc Fiction’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Ad Hoc Fiction’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Ad Hoc Fiction will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Ad Hoc Fiction discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Ad Hoc Fiction believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Ad Hoc Fiction third parties or the public at large. If you are a user of the Ad Hoc Fiction website and have supplied your email address, Ad Hoc Fiction may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Ad Hoc Fiction and our products. We primarily use our various blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Ad Hoc Fiction takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
  6. Business Transfers If Ad Hoc Fiction, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Ad Hoc Fiction goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Ad Hoc Fiction may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
  7. Privacy Policy Changes Although most changes are likely to be minor, Ad Hoc Fiction may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Ad Hoc Fiction’s sole discretion. Ad Hoc Fiction encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Terms and Conditions

Ad Hoc Fiction is a free project led by Jude Higgins. Ad Hoc Fiction is available at adhocfiction.com and adhocfiction.co.uk. The same Terms apply to both variants of web address.

Terms of Service: The following terms and conditions govern all use of the adhocfiction.com website and all content, services and products available at or through the website. The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating policies (including, without limitation, adhocfiction.com’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by adhocfiction.com (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you must not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Ad Hoc Fiction, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 16 years old.

  1. Responsibility of Contributors. If you send material for posting on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
    • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
    • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
    • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
    • the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;

    By submitting Content to Ad Hoc Fiction for inclusion on the Website, you grant Ad Hoc Fiction a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your Content.
    Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Ad Hoc Fiction has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Ad Hoc Fiction’s sole discretion, (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Ad Hoc Fiction’s reasonable opinion, violates any Ad Hoc Fiction policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in Ad Hoc Fiction’s sole discretion. Ad Hoc Fiction will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.

  2. Responsibility of Website Visitors. Ad Hoc Fiction has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Ad Hoc Fiction does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Ad Hoc Fiction disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
  3. Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which adhocfiction.com links, and that link to adhocfiction.com. Ad Hoc Fiction does not have any control over those non-Ad Hoc Fiction websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Ad Hoc Fiction website or webpage, Ad Hoc Fiction does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Ad Hoc Fiction disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Ad Hoc Fiction websites and webpages.
  4. Changes. Ad Hoc Fiction reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Ad Hoc Fiction may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
  5. Termination. Ad Hoc Fiction may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement, you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
  6. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided “as is”. Ad Hoc Fiction and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Ad Hoc Fiction nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.
  7. Limitation of Liability. In no event will Ad Hoc Fiction or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Ad Hoc Fiction under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Ad Hoc Fiction shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
  8. General Representation and Warranty. You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the Ad Hoc Fiction Rules, Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the copyright and intellectual property rights of any third party.
  9. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Ad Hoc Fiction, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
  10. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Ad Hoc Fiction and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Ad Hoc Fiction or by the posting by Ad Hoc Fiction of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by and construed in accordance with English law, and any disputes relating to these terms of use will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; Ad Hoc Fiction may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.

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