Australian Lawyers Alliance Barrister Greg Barns says the proposal of an app to record sexual consent does not have “any real merit” and could create serious problems in disputes about whether consent was actually given.
The suggestion was put forward by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller who touted the app as a mechanism which could help combat sexual assault by allowing users to send and receive requests.
“The difficulty with it of course is consent can be withdrawn, somebody might be pressured into using the app and of course technology is not fool proof and the app may not work,” Mr Barns said.
"I think it would be of extremely limited value”.
Mr Barns told Sky News there is no simple solution to the “cultural issue" of consent, but educational and cultural tools should be harnessed to influence the way children are brought up.
“The law can’t fix the issue of consent. What the law can do is help people understand the parameters of consent, but it’s a cultural issue.
“No amount of technology is going to change that.
“It’s not an idea that bears any real merit and it has serious problems when it comes to its value in any later dispute about whether or not there was consent”.