[Cryptography] Cryptography for consensual sex in California ?

Dennis E. Hamilton dennis.hamilton at acm.org
Wed Oct 1 20:36:04 EDT 2014

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From: cryptography [mailto:cryptography-bounces+dennis.hamilton=acm.org at metzdowd.com] On Behalf Of ianG
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 18:49
To: Henry Baker; cryptography at metzdowd.com
Subject: Re: [Cryptography] Cryptography for consensual sex in California ?

On 30/09/2014 06:57 am, Henry Baker wrote:
> With California's new "yes means yes" law, how would you design a protocol for engaging in consensual sex, which would authenticate the parties' consents, which protected their privacy, but which couldn't be subsequently repudiated ?

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    Seeking a non-repudiation scheme is not going to work.  
    There is a misunderstanding about what the law establishes.  

	"Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent," 
     the law states, "nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative 
     consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can 
     be revoked at any time."

     From <http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/29/352482932/california-enacts-yes-means-yes-law-defining-sexual-consent>.  The law is here:

     Note that No still means No, even after a yes.  
     The point is that without any explicit yes at all, 
     initiation of sex is a very bad idea.

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