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Protection of personal privacy is to be reinforced

Published: 15 November 2017 at 13.18

Unlawful infringement of personal privacy is to be a new crime in the Swedish Penal Code. This means that distributing certain types of images or other information relating to another person's private life will be punishable by law.

This will apply in cases where the aim was to seriously harm the person in question. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal and the amendments will come into force on 01 January 2018.

Furthermore, the Government would like to clarify and modernise the penalties for unlawful threats, molestation and insulting language or behaviour and render more types of acts punishable. This would entail amendments to the penal code. Unlawful threats and insulting language or behaviour are crimes that are also included in the Freedom of the Press Act, and it is therefore also proposed that amendments are made to that fundamental law.

To amend a fundamental law, the Riksdag is required to vote on the proposal the same way twice, and there must be an election between the votes. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to amend the fundamental law and the issue will be raised in order for a final decision to be taken after the next election. On this basis, the Riksdag also decided that the proposal concerning amendments relating to unlawful threats and insulting language or behaviour should be postponed until the next Riksdag session.