LegalFling app sparks controversy over legally binding sexual consent contracts

Ben Travis
Controversial: LegalFling aims to make sexual consent more explicit: LegalThings

A controversial new app aims to make the subject of sexual consent clearer by letting users create bedroom contracts stating what they will and won’t agree to.

LegalFling is being designed to make consent more explicit, allowing users to spell out boundaries and preferences.

The contract can be accepted with a tap of a smartphone, and its creators say it is legally binding.

The software also hopes to protect against STDs and the leaking of naked selfies after the end of a relationship, with clauses around images and videos written into the contract.

“Sex should be fun and safe, but nowadays a lot of things can go wrong,” the app makers, LegalThings, explain. “Think of unwanted videos, withholding information about STDs and offensive porn reenactment. While you're protected by law, litigating any offenses through court is nearly impossible in reality.

“LegalFling creates a legally binding agreement, which means any offense is a breach of contract. By using the LiveContracts protocol, your private agreement is verifiable using the blockchain and enforceable with a single click.”

The app concept is already proving controversial, with Twitter users pointing out the dangers that legally binding sex contracts could create.