New laws against photographing in private space

Parliament has approved a new law against violating photography, meaning that from July 1st it will be illegal to photograph or film someone while they are in their private space or in a location intended to be private, unless they have given their permission.

Breaking the rules could result in a fine or a prison-sentence of up to two years.

However, there are exceptions to the rule. If the photograph was taken as part of newsgathering for instance, it could be permitted.

Several organisations, including the Swedish Union of Journalists and the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees, have warned that the law could infringe on freedom of expression and freedom of information.