In December 2012, a convicted sex offender secured a High Court interim injunction in Belfast directing the removal of a social media web page monitoring paedophiles in Northern Ireland. Judge McCloskey was tasked with balancing the competing rights of privacy and freedom of expression. He ruled that the online page, called “Keeping our kids safe from predators”, amounted to harassment of the man and infringed his rights to privacy and freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment.

The convicted sex offender, who was granted anonymity for the purposes of the application, was at the time of the application out of prison ‘on licence’ having served a 6 year prison sentence for offences committed two decades ago.