Previous proposals for such a law has met fierce resistance, especially from the media who feared that it would limit free speech. The Minister for Justice, Beatrice Ask, assures that this is not the purpose.
"What we want to get hold of is offensive photographing, thus sneak photographing or filming, which is designed to violate an individual," she says to public radio SR.
In line with technological developments, with cameras in mobile phones and the Internet's ability to rapidly disseminate images, several cases of sneak photographing has received public attention lately.
It has often been about young women who have been secretly photographed in the shower or bedroom, or that sexual abuse has been filmed and placed online. When these cases ended up in court it has been shown that it is not illegal to do so in Sweden, which have outraged many.
The government has for years tried to formulate a law that criminalizes offensive photographing of private individuals, but which do not prevent journalists and photographers' legitimate efforts to cover public figures.
"We have worked hard to try to define rules to capture this as the courts and others have seen as troublesome," says Beatrice Ask.
She wants the new law on offensive photographing to take effect already on 1 July this year. But, the new proposal will first be examined by the Legislative Council, before moving on to the Riksdag for a decision.