What to Know Now
There was much ado about the sale of the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan to Chinese investors last year, partially because of the transition of a legendary property but more ominously because it has traditionally been used by heads of state, including many U.S. presidents, and Chinese owners could present a security concern.
As of last week, the State Department is officially moving its business away from the hotel, but I wonder how worried the American community should be at large over Chinese-owned hotels. With so much data passing through hotel Wi-Fi and phone systems and so little oversight, would anyone know if there was someone listening in? And considering the disclosures of massive wiretapping by the U.S. and UK governments, shouldn’t travelers assume that they’re being listened to by someone all the time?
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