Our Privacy Policy

We have written our privacy policy to be understandable for humans (not just lawyers). By using our pathVu app (the “App”), future products, services or features we develop and introduce, or our website (together the “Services”), you consent to the collection, processing and disclosure of data concerning you in accordance with this privacy policy.

Data collection and processing

pathVu collects data from your phone to provide you information about sidewalks and pedestrian pathways, including hazards, points of interest, and pedestrian traffic. When you install, run or use our services we collect:

·         Location. Our system starts to collect location data from sources such as GPS, Wi-Fi and cell towers once you install the App and consent to the App’s tracking your location. We also collect Accelerometer samples, Wi-Fi network IDs, activity data, and places you identify with the Services. You may choose to stop our collection of location data through the Settings that we provide in the App, or by removing the App from your phone.

·         Information you provide. If you choose to create an account, you provide us your email and a password.

·         Information from your device. This includes information about your operating system, device identifier, carrier, language, battery performance, wi-fi or other network connections, or other data that you permit the App to access on your device including through permissions on your device (e.g. Google Play on Android).

·         Communications with us. If you communicate with us, we collect the information and content you provide to us, including personally identifying information such as your name or email. You can provide anonymous feedback by using an email account that does not reveal your identity.

How we use information

We process and use the information we collect about you in a variety of ways. The primary purpose is to provide information about sidewalk location, hazards, features, and other points of interest to improve accessibility, walkability, and safety.  We upload your information from your device over a secured connection to our servers in order to analyze the data and identify your activities, routes and data reported. Results are sent back to your phone over a secured connection so that you can view and interact with them, and they are stored on our servers. If you label a place, such as your home or work, or change an activity type, we also collect and store that information.

We also aggregate the data in order to: a) Develop walkability statistics in Pittsburgh and other areas around the world, and see whether there are noticeable differences between where people walk, push a stroller, or use a wheelchair b) Find out whether people avoid certain areas, which could indicate that those areas are not accessible c) Develop a sidewalk ‘network’ that can be used for pedestrian wayfinding. 

Other ways we use your data include to develop aggregated analyses and reports that help us improve our algorithms, measure and understand how our Services are used, and to develop new products, services and features such as by recognizing popular activities, routes, areas and places. We also use your information to communicate with you, such as by sending you notifications and service-related messages, or by responding to your requests and questions.

Cookies and Similar Technologies

We may collect information about your use of our Services through the use of cookies, pixels or similar technologies. For example, we may use this information to provide or improve our Services, for measurement and analytics to better understand how our services function and are used, or for internal operations. Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your mobile phone, computer, or other device. Pixels, often used in connection with cookies, are small instances of code placed in webpages that do things like allow another server to measure how frequently webpages are viewed and used.

Third parties may also use cookies to collect information about your activities on our website. Your browser or device may offer you control over the use cookies or other technologies when you use the Services. For example, you may be able to set your browser or device to disable, clear, reset or block the use of cookies or similar technologies.

Sharing data with third parties

 We will not share your individual data with anyone, although the aggregated data may be used for public visualization to help lobby the city to improve sidewalks, and be used to help with pedestrian wayfinding.

The security of our systems

We use third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to provide the service. By submitting your personally identifying information, you agree to this. We use commercially reasonable physical and technical safeguards to secure your data. However, we cannot guarantee the security of your data, which may be compromised by unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors.

Data retention and deletion

We may retain information regarding you and your use of the Services, including personally identifying information, for as long as needed to provide you with the Services and the uses described in this Privacy Policy. This often means that we will keep information for the duration of your account. If you choose, you may request by email (contact@pathvu.com) for the deletion of your information and your pathVu account.


Our Services are not directed towards and may not be used by persons under the age of 13.

Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to alter our privacy policy at any time. We will notify you of any alterations with reasonable notice through the service, such as by posting it on our website, by email, or otherwise. If you do not agree to the altered privacy policy, you may stop using our Services.

Last updated and effective as of July 7, 2015.


Pathway Accessibility Solutions, Inc.
6024 Broad Street, Ste. 2R
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

email: contact@pathvu.com