Big Brother Watch obtained details from 345 local authorities across the UK under the Freedom of Information Act. Among the cases highlighted in the report was:
- Suffolk County Council, which was said to have used powers to make test purchases of a puppy, dating agency services and at a house of horrors
- Stockton Borough Council was said to have used powers for investigations into a fraudulent escort agency and the movement of pigs
- Councils used it on 550 occasions to try to catch fly-tippers
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