On December 2, 2008, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in K.U. v. Finland that Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights requires national laws to protect individuals from serious online privacy infringements, but also that the national legal framework must allow for the identification and prosecution of offenders. This case involved an advertisement of a sexual nature, which was placed on an Internet dating site on behalf of the applicant, who was twelve years old at the time, without his knowledge. The applicant’s father could not identify the individual(s) responsible for the advertisement because the Internet service provider (ISP) refused to disclose any identity, arguing that it was bound by the secrecy of telecommunications. The Court concluded that the Finnish legislation violated the applicant’s privacy because it did not authorize the ISP to disclose the identity of the person(s) behind the advertisement. The national legislation should have balanced the right to privacy of the Internet advertiser with the right to privacy of the infringed individual.