Sweden Changes Law to make Drones Legal Again

1. Introduction

As reported before, in the autumn of 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court ruled that a camera mounted on a drone is considered a CCTV camera for purposes of the Swedish Camera Monitoring Act. The judgment meant that using a drone equipped with a camera, where the camera will be directed at a place to which the public has access, requires a licence from the County Administrative Board. Since a licence in principle is granted only for the prevention of crime, normal commercial and recreational use of a drone equipped with a camera became immediately (for practical purposes) prohibited in Sweden. The Swedish government has now proposed legislation to exempt the private use of drone cameras from the permit requirements, making drone use in Sweden legal again. The new legislation is expected to enter into effect on 1 August 2017.

2. Drone regulation in Sweden

The Swedish Transport Agency estimates that

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Sweden Changes Law to make Drones Legal Again

1. Introduction

As reported before, in the autumn of 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court ruled that a camera mounted on a drone is considered a CCTV camera for purposes of the Swedish Camera Monitoring Act. The judgment meant that using a drone equipped with a camera, where the camera will be directed at a place to which the public has access, requires a licence from the County Administrative Board. Since a licence in principle is granted only for the prevention of crime, normal commercial and recreational use of a drone equipped with a camera became immediately (for practical purposes) prohibited in Sweden. The Swedish government has now proposed legislation to exempt the private use of drone cameras from the permit requirements, making drone use in Sweden legal again. The new legislation is expected to enter into effect on 1 August 2017.

2. Drone regulation in Sweden

The Swedish Transport Agency estimates that

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