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Landmark report calls for affirmative consent laws in Queensland

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A major review has called for Queensland to adopt affirmative consent laws among sweeping reforms to the handling of victims of sexual assault and violence in the state’s criminal justice system. The long-awaited fina...

UK plan to scrap cookie consent boxes will make it ‘easier to spy’ on web users

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Proposals to scrap pop-up cookie consent boxes on websites will make it easier to spy on web users, a privacy campaign group has warned. Cookie banners are a common feature for web users, who are asked to give their c...

New affirmative consent campaign tackles issue head-on, experts say

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Party pashes, drunken encounters and booty-call texts – these are some of the scenarios featured in a campaign being rolled out on social media before new affirmative sexual consent laws coming into effect in New Sout...

Arkansas officials praise doctor accused of giving inmates ivermectin without consent

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An Arkansas doctor accused of prescribing ivermectin to inmates in his state without their consent has been praised by local officials for a “job well done” despite widespread outrage at his actions. In January, the A...

‘Give me my baby’: an Indian woman’s fight to reclaim her son after adoption without consent

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Through the rains and steamy heat of November, day and night, Anupama S Chandran sat by the gates of the Kerala state secretariat. She refused to eat, drink or be moved. Her single demand was written on a placard: “Gi...

Parents sue Wisconsin school for letting children change pronouns without their consent

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Parents in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against a school district over a policy that allows students to change their names and pronouns without parental consent, arguing that the policy is a violation of constitutional r...

7-Eleven took photos of some Australian customers’ faces without consent, privacy commissioner rules

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Convenience store giant 7-Eleven has disabled facial recognition technology used in 700 of its Australian stores as customers filled out feedback surveys after the privacy commissioner found it interfered with their p...

Omni Energy switched unprofitable customers without express consent

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A struggling household energy supplier switched thousands of unprofitable customers to rival companies without their express consent, in an apparent bid to avoid financial collapse. Omni Energy wrote to customers earl...

New Zealand supreme court blocks seabed mining consent

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A New Zealand offshore mining company has lost its supreme court bid to overturn a decision preventing it from mining millions of tonnes of iron-sand off the coast of South Taranaki, on New Zealand’s North Island. Thu...

‘Stealthing’: California poised to outlaw removing condom without consent during sex

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California is expected to outlaw “stealthing”, becoming the first state to make it illegal to remove a condom without verbal consent during sex. Legislators have sent a bill to the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, that...

The Scottish parliament must take a stand against the farcical Queen’s consent rule

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In 2002, as the Scottish parliament was debating a bill to provide the public with a groundbreaking new right to roam, the independent MSP Dennis Canavan spotted a provision that exempted the Queen’s private Balmoral ...

Emily Hunt: why she fought to make sure no woman is filmed naked without consent

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Had a particular event in 2015 not occurred, the government adviser Emily Hunt would be using her skills in research, politics and communications in very different ways. Instead, for almost a year, the 42-year-old has...

Saxon Mullins on the fight for affirmative consent laws

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The NSW government last week announced changes to laws around sexual assault and consent that could dramatically change how survivors experience the court system. Saxon Mullins, the director of advocacy at the Rape an...

‘Stealthing is rape’: the Australian push to criminalise the removal of a condom during sex without consent

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One in three women and one in five men globally have been the victim of “stealthing”, the non-consensual act of removing a condom during sex, yet the term has only recently entered public awareness – and courtrooms. “...

Kenya debates lowering age of consent from 18 to 16

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Kenya’s judges and child welfare organisations are embroiled in a fresh debate on whether to lower the age of consent. Some members of the judiciary believe the age of consent should be lowered from 18 to 16 for heter...

Milkshake consent video earlier script referred to ‘modern progressive’ 1950s

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Scripts of earlier versions of the controversial video series commissioned by the federal government included a bizarre reference to the 1950s as a “modern progressive society” and used the example of “borrowing leggi...

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