Dutch startup LegalThings announced Wednesday it plans to release an app designed to allow people to more easily give explicit and formal consent to sex. Through an easy-to-use interface, couples or groups will be able to use the app, dubbed LegalFling, to enter into binding contracts that are recorded on a blockchain, the digital ledger technology that’s designed to save permanent records of transactions in multiple places.
The app is meant to be a “fun” solution for navigating the often ambiguous nuances of sexual consent, said Arnold Daniels, LegalFling’s creator and the co-founder of LegalThings’ co-founder in an email to Business Insider. But Daniels acknowledged it may need more work.
“We want to start a dialogue and get input from those with more expertise on this subject,” Daniels said in an email to Business Insider. “This is a delicate subject that we’d like to get right.”
Unfortunately for Daniels and LegalFling, instead of sparking a dialogue the app is instead drawing sharp criticism, at least from some quarters.
LegalFling represents a “deeply flawed” effort and is a far cry from how sexual consent should actually work, Gizmodo reporter Melanie Ehrenkranz wrote in a piece on her site.