Towing Kickbacks: Only one-third of states ban incentives to property owners, law enforcement

By Jacob van Cleef and Teresa Murray/ Consumer Watchdog team
April 27, 2022

Driving is a staple of American living. In 2020, there were more than 275 million registered vehicles in the United States. An issue that many drivers face or may be worried about is having their vehicle towed. If you ask around in your small circle, someone inevitably has a towing story.


By Isabel Brown, Consumer Watchdog Associate

Apps and social media are a part of everyday life. They help us stay connected to the. world around us. But it can be easy to overlook the risk involved with making personal information accessible online, especially when that information can be recorded, bought and sold by the companies running the apps.

How to keep food safe during a power outage

By | Isabel Brown
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

When the power goes out, the food in your refrigerator and freezer can get up to temperatures that make it no longer safe to eat.

With the massive winter storm that's expected to hit the East Coast this weekend, here are some tips to help consumers protect themselves during and after a disaster, including how to spot possible opportunists, bad deals and con-artists.

Airlines choose money over safety with relaxed COVID policies

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Though reducing isolation periods saves airlines money, it is the most irresponsible choice that could lead to more employees and customers getting sick.

How to spot counterfeit N95, KN95 masks before you buy them

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

You may be setting aside those cloth or surgical masks and shopping for some N95 masks or KN95s that are supposed to be widely available. But . . . there unfortunately are lots of counterfeit products out there too.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Virtual forum: medical experts discussed COVID-19 vaccines for the holidays

HAMPDEN COUNTY, Mass. -- As people across Massachusetts and the world fret about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, medical experts say it’s crucial to get fully vaccinated against the deadly virus. In response, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and MASSPIRG Education Fund hosted a public forum Wednesday night to discuss strategies for talking about the COVID-19 vaccines with unvaccinated friends and family. 


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