When you use the trendy new consent app, Good2Go, created by intrepid Social Justice Warriors, you’re theoretically practicing “affirmative consent”: explicit, conscious agreement to sexual activity before it starts.
Incidentally, you’re also telling a new mobile development company with no Internet footprint or track record to speak of: (a) Who you’re sleeping with. (b) When you did it. (c) How drunk or sober you were at the time.
Didn’t realize you were consenting to that, did you?
Once your potential partner has logged their alcohol consumption and willingness to get down, the app gives you blessing to do so (who says romance is dead?). Meanwhile, a record of this most intimate interaction flits away into the cloud, where it will live forever until Good2Go shuts down, assuming it hasn’t been sold, transferred, or is being used by a third party.
It’s little scary from a legal standpoint. Are we going to see people’s sexual records showing up in court? (Particularly when said records could be inaccurate or misleading?) Worse, is this personal, potentially embarrassing data the kind of thing we want to mindlessly hand over an unknown tech company?
Both questions could be irrelevant, as it’s hard to imagine a universe in which Good2Go catches on. But this is a potent reminder that little you do online or on your phone ever really fades away; by and large, we remain oblivious to how our data is tracked, and by who, and for what purpose.
So maybe just practice some of that “affirmative consent” without over-complicating the process letting third parties get needlessly involved.