The IPT has recently decided Paton v Poole Borough Council where a mother was secretly investigated in relation to what the Council perceived to be her attempt to avoid the Council's school allocation policy. The case is well-covered on the Panopticon Blog which is managed by barristers at 11 King's Bench Walk. The investigation against Mrs Paton including monitoring movements of family members and their car and examining the contents of their rubbish. The Tribunal ruled that investigating a potentially fraudulent school application was not a proper purpose for the use of the RIPA powers.
The Guardian 2nd August published an article arguing that it is time to Review the Tribunal. Further information about the IPT may be read at Security Services.