Privacy rights in Sweden

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Privacy rights in Sweden are guaranteed by the constitution from 1974 with a revision in 2012.

Right to Privacy in Sweden

THE INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 1 ARTICLE 2

The public institutions shall promote the ideals of democracy as guidelines in all sectors of society and protect the private and family lives of the individual.

THE INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 2 PART 2 ARTICLE 6

Everyone shall be protected in their relations with the public institutions against any physical violation also in cases other than cases under Articles 4 and 5. Everyone shall likewise be protected against body searches, house searches and other such invasions of privacy, against examination of mail or other confidential correspondence, and against eavesdropping and the recording of telephone conversations or other confidential communications.

In addition to what is laid down in paragraph one, everyone shall be protected in their relations with the public institutions against significant invasions of their personal privacy, if these occur without their consent and involve the surveillance or systematic monitoring of the individual's personal circumstances.

THE INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 2 PART 10 ARTICLE 20

To the extent provided for in Articles 21 to 24, the following rights and freedoms may be limited in law:

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2.protection against any physical violation in cases other than cases under Articles 4 and 5, against body searches, house searches and other such invasions of privacy, against violations of confidential items of mail or communications and otherwise against violations involving surveillance and monitoring of the individual's personal circumstances (Article 6);