A new ruling has been put forth by Sweden which bans all camera-equipped drones from being flown in public without obtaining a specialized permit. The decision was made after the Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden ruled that the camera found on standard consumer quadcopter will now require a permit under camera surveillance laws.
During this same hearing, Sweden shot down the idea that dash camera or action cameras mounting on things like a bicycle do not qualify as surveillance cameras and will not require a permit.
For the tens of thousands of quadcopter owners in Sweden, you’ll now be forced to apply for a permit that comes along with a hefty application fee. The future ruling is always subject to change, but for now being a drone enthusiast in Sweden just got a great deal tougher.