On Thursday, the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs released a “fact sheet” for US citizens planning to attend the Olympics in August. It includes this helpful (if I may say so myself) nugget sure to thrill the games organizers:
All visitors should be aware that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations. 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.
Other than that, have a wonderful time.
[UPDATE 3/24: Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang has replied to the consular warning: "Privacy in China is always under protection according to the law, and there's no need for foreign visitors to worry about that." Thank goodness.]