The Federal States of Niedersachsen, Berlin and MecklenburgVorpommern have submitted an initiative to the Bundesrat that would criminalise individuals who “gawk” at accidents by taking photographs or making video recordings. One of the main goals of the initiative is to better protect the privacy rights of the deceased. Accordingly, under these new rules anyone disturbing the emergency services by “gawking” at an accident can be penalised with imprisonment for up to one year or with a fine.

Press release (in German)