Want to receive an intimate photo from a romantic partner? You’d better be ready to sign on the dotted line (or, at least, the smartphone screen.)
A new app called e-gree allows couples to create legal contracts that could help stop the saucy selfies from being shared without permission. No legal fees involved.
A spokesperson for the company, Keith Fraser, Chief Legal Officer, told the website Sex Tech Guide:
“If a party asks a Court to enforce the provisions of the Sexting e-greement, the court will be obligated to look for a number of elements to satisfy itself that a valid and enforceable contract exists. Like most well-crafted written contracts, the e-gree Sexting agreement expressly sets forth language to satisfy the offer, acceptance and consideration elements.”
These contracts will reportedly stand up in court in most parts of the world. However, users must be 18 years old to sign them, so the app will not protect teenagers.
A 2019 Kinsey Institute report suggested that 25% of adults receiving intimate photos had shared them with, on average, three other people.
Helping to make sexting safer may have been one of the early reasons for the rise of Snapchat. The idea is that, by using a self-destructing messaging app, pictures don’t hang around long. That should theoretically stop them from being saved and shared at a later date — although it doesn’t always work like that.
Revenge porn remains a big problem for many people, although there is a growing awareness of the issue. Forty-six states currently have some form of law criminalizing revenge porn. Will the threat of lawsuits help quell this issue? That remains to be seen — but apps like e-gree could certainly help.
More than just an app for sexting NDAs
If you’re not taking or receiving such pictures or video, however, the e-gree app could still prove useful. You also can use it to formalize casual bets, assess and quickly settle details after minor collisions, protect ideas before sharing them, and more. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Download: App Store (iOS).