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Americans traveling to China for the Olympic Games in August can expect their hotel rooms there to be monitored, the State Department warned on its website.
"All visitors should be aware that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations," according to the State Department site.
"All hotel rooms and offices are considered to be subject to on-site or remote technical monitoring at all times. Hotel rooms, residences and offices may be accessed at any time without the occupant's consent or knowledge," it said.
It added that many hotels and apartment buildings may be poorly built, lack emergency exits, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide monitors and basic security like locks, alarms, and personnel.
The warning was part of an Olympics "fact sheet" that also said the threat level for terrorism against Americans in China remains low, although recent violence in Tibet is an example of how potentially dangerous events can occur in the approach to the Olympics in Beijing and other Chinese cities.
"Any large-scale public event like the upcoming Olympic Games could become the focus of terrorist acts or other forms of violence," the bureau said.
No one can expect any privacy from the Chinese government. Their endemic use of surveillance and wiretapping put the US/UK governments to shame.
Originally posted by jetxnet
Vox, dear boy, do not be fooled by the simulation of a Western economy by the Chinese government. They monitor everything and you can bet your Redstar Underware they know who you are now going back and fourth like this.
They even rotate Chinese nationals in and out of the Chinese resteraunts around here (in the US). One day, one of the workers was sending at least 10 large boxes back home (and not moving back yet). She asked me to help her and said it was just stuff going to family. You can bet those boxes are opened up by Chinese officials before the family gets it.
They censored out YouTube during this Tibetian situation recently. It doesn't matter if the hotels are internationally owned, they have to go by state-run ChiCom rules. If they want to "inspect" the hotel, no one stops them and they can do what they want.
[edit on 22-3-2008 by jetxnet]
Originally posted by biggie smalls
As for the "put to shame" comment, I was referring to the Chinese surveillance technology versus the UK and US.
I am not sure if its authorized or not. It seems the government does wiretap its citizens, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a mandate for foreigners as well.
However, that is no different than the NSA/CIA illegally (or legally depending on if you believe the patriot act to be legal) wiretapping our citizens without a warrant.
I speak out against any government, my own or not, if they perpetrate acts of violence against innocents.