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
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
Our Services are not directed towards and may not be used by persons under the age of 13.
Last updated and effective as of July 7, 2015.
Pathway Accessibility Solutions, Inc.
6024 Broad Street, Ste. 2R
Pittsburgh, PA 15206