China To Spy On Hotel Guests’ Internet Activity During Olympics

Senator condemns move

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U.S. Senator Sam Brownback is criticizing the Chinese government for its plans to spy on hotel guests’ Internet activity during the Olympics.

China is forcing foreign-owned hotels to install monitoring equipment on their network to allow the Chinese Public Security Bureau to access electronic information of people staying in these hotels.

"The Chinese government has put in place a system to spy on and gather information about every guest at hotels where Olympic visitors are staying," the Republican senator said. "This means journalists, athletes’ families and other visitors will be subjected to invasive intelligence gathering by the Chinese Public Security Bureau."

The Chinese government has demanded that foreign owned hotels allow the PSB to install software and hardware to aid the group in its efforts to spy on the Internet activities of guests and collect records of their online activity.

A number of international hotel chains have confirmed China’s demand to monitor guests Internet activity. Brownback has received a copy of the order translated from Chinese. The text refers to harsh punishment for failure to comply with the order.

"The hotels have asked us to preserve their anonymity; in order to protect their safety, and in return for their courage in coming forward, I cannot divulge their identities," said Brownback.

"These hotel chains have invested millions of dollars in their Chinese properties, and while they wish to find a way to reverse this order, if they are specifically identified, they could face severe retaliation by the Communist government." 


China To Spy On Hotel Guests’ Internet Activity During Olympics
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  • http://www.gogimon.com search agent

    isn’t it possible to connect via cellphone or satelite to cicumvent all the unethical censorship.

    Its wrong what the Chinese do to thier politcal opponents, the world should just not sit by and say nothing.

    that would also be wrong

    • http://blog.texxsmith.com texxs

      Yes that’s possible, depending on your phone carrier/service plan,, however it won’t do much for security.  They are doing most of their spying on an ISP level (meaning at your pone company.

      Also don’t let anyone near your laptop, nor leave it in the hotel alone.  Treat it like a child in a room full of senators on a junket at Michael Jackson’s other estate in Tahiti.

      They have already announced plans to plant as much spyware (really bad stuff like keyboard loggers) on as many computers as they can.  so they can get more info than just what’s on your computer now.

      The solution:

      Throwaway laptops.  DO NOT bring any laptop you plan to keep.  Throw away any laptop you do bring (or give it away to some poor chinese family).  The Chinese have the best spyware and they probably have some our experts can’t find.


  • Steve in Ottawa

    It’s simply deplorable that China is hosting these olympics. They broke their "promise" on censorship – and the IOC has even agreed to allow China to cut several websites.  The IOC said "as long as the sporting websites are available".

    China says it doesn’t have a smog problem anymore, that they can shoot chemicals into the sky to make it rain whenever they want!  They are so toxic.

    And to publish a list to residents of Beijing a "what not to do" list is deplorable: don’t stare, don’t pick your nose, don’t ask if they’re married!!!!!

    I’m boycotting the olympics this year anyways so….


    • Nigel Simpson

      China was offered the Olympics to show trust in their future development.

      Simple folk need to be told that Westerners don’t like to see nose cleaning in public or being looked at as a curiosity – because that’s what we are.

      The smog has cleared because of brave traffic calming not fireworks. There are no polluted rivers her that burst into flames as in the States.

      What ever happened to " Give peace a chance"? – oh you shot him

  • http://olympicoverage.com Paralympics

    This headline is shocking

  • http://olympicoverage.com Paralympics Medal Telly

    Hope 3G and 3.5G isn’t censored

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