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PathCheck Foundation
FoundedCambridge, MA
FounderRamesh Raskar

PathCheck Foundation is a volunteer-led non profit founded in February 2020 at MIT[1] with the mission of building mobile technology to contain the spread of COVID-19 without sacrificing user privacy. Their unique use Bluetooth and geolocation co-location technology allows for users to preserve their privacy.[2] The organization consists of a over 1000 volunteers from around the world including engineers, researchers, health officials, and volunteers. In addition, there is a wide range of companies that donate employee time to the foundation. The organization was previously known as COVID Safe Paths (and before MIT Safe Paths) but was renamed to PathCheck Foundation on June 28, 2020.[3]

The PathCheck app has been released on the Apple[4] and Android stores[5] The original technology was based on the MIT Private Kit: Safe Paths app created by Ramesh Raskar with Sandy Pentland, Kent Larson, and Kevin Esvelt.

On July 8, 2020, Ramesh Raskar, chairman of PathCheck Foundation, addressed the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Task Force on Artificial Intelligence during their hearing on "Exposure Notification and Contact Tracing: How AI Helps Localities Reopen Safely and Researchers Find a Cure", describing the use of contact tracing technologies used by PathCheck. He also spoke about PathCheck's surveillance and privacy methods at the Wall Street Journal Tech Health event.[6]

The app has been adopted by the Teton County, Wyoming city, home of Yellowstone National Park, government.[7][8]


  1. "How an MIT spin-off is using contact tracing to fight COVID-19, and so can you".
  2. Richtel, Matt (June 3, 2020). "Contact Tracing With Your Phone: It's Easier but There Are Tradeoffs" – via
  3. Berrey, Adam (July 13, 2020). "The Renaming Story: From COVID SafePaths to PathCheck Foundation".
  4. "‎PathCheck SafePlaces". App Store.
  5. ."PathCheck SafePlaces on the Google Play Store".
  6. "Surveillance and Our Privacy".
  7. "America Is Reopening. Coronavirus Tracing Apps Aren't Ready".
  8. "What Ever Happened to Digital Contact Tracing?".

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