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What can the Tribunal investigate?

The Tribunal can investigate any event that you believe has taken place against you, your property or your communications, as long as it relates to a power held by the organisation about whom you are complaining under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA, 2000).

The Tribunal can investigate complaints about any alleged conduct by, or on behalf of, the Intelligence Services - the Security Service (sometimes called MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (sometimes called MI6) and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

The scope of conduct the IPT can investigate concerning the Intelligence Agencies is much broader than it is with regard to the other public authorities. The IPT is the only Tribunal to whom complaints about the Intelligence Services can be directed

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