If you are obsessed with drones and planning a trip to Sweden then you are in for some bad luck cause if you fly a drone with cameras in Sweden, you will be in legal trouble. Camera drones are effectively banned by Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court by a ruling. The court argues that camera drones are surveillance and you need to have a permit that will say it will be used to prevent crime or accidents. Who flies a drone to secure their house? So it’s essentially a ban.
Unsurprisingly local drone owners and maker are very upset at this ruling. UAS Sweden an industry group contends that the court is actually killing Sweden’s drone market. Aftonbladet said that “the ruling doesn’t make sense in the context of existing laws. It’s legal for Swedes to capture images in public places, so why is it wrong just because that camera is attached to a quadcopter? There are no journalistic exceptions, either, which is odd when other laws allow it.”
The ruling may be hard to enforce, and that’s a consolation if you count. The Administrative board has the authority to report violations to the police but it will be very hard to charge anyone. So the question arises as to why enforce it when any amateurs can bend the law? This law will surely hurt professionals like filmmakers and journalists.