There are definitely areas that we encounter on a daily basis that we assume are more private than others. Oftentimes, this assumption requires you to put a certain amount of faith in another human being to “do the right thing” and to not spy on you when you least expect it. When you walk into a changing room in a department store, for example, you have to essentially trust that the store doesn’t have cameras monitoring you while you try on those new clothes — or at the very least, that they’ll tell you if they do.
For many people, hotels are the same way. When you visit a new city and check into a hotel, a lot of people tend to think about it similarly to the way they do their own home. This is a private, intimate environment where you’ll be sleeping, eating, showering, etc. While it’s true that nobody has the right to spy on you in this type of location, assuming outright that they’re not is definitely something you’ll want to reconsider.
Case in point: If you’ve ever walked into a hotel and wondered, even for the briefest of moments, if you were being watched, there are certain situations where you may actually be right. Even though this type of spying would absolutely violate a laundry list of federal laws, we’ve officially entered into an era where “you can never be too sure.”
Hotels and Spying: The Facts
The most important thing to understand is that if someone IS spying on you in a hotel room with some type of hidden camera device, this is not some official policy that you were unaware of. In the vast majority of cases discovered by police and other security experts, this activity ultimately came down to a small number of rogue hotel employees who decided to abuse their power in the worst way possible.
Christopher Falkenberg, president of security consulting firm Insite Risk Management, said that it is unfortunately easy for these rogue employees to hide small cameras inside devices in a hotel room — ranging from clocks to lamps to television sets and more.
“Assuming someone has access to the room before and after a customer users it, I think it’s quite easy because there are many devices available to the public that can be inserted into a room and retrieved after,” said Falkenberg.
The problem is that when most people check into a hotel room, they’ve got dozens of other things on their mind. Where do I need to be in order to make it to my next appointment on time? Where in this room am I going to be the most productive? Did I call my assistant yet, or do I still have to do it? Do those blinds close well enough to totally black out this room at night? These are the types of questions that often prevent someone from taking a long, hard look around the room for spy devices.
To be fair, most experts agree that the chances of this actually happening are fairly slim — especially if you’re not a high-profile guest like a celebrity or a politician. There is almost no value in spying on your typical traveler, especially considering: a) the effort you have to go through; and b) the fact that most of the footage would be worthless anyway.
However, the point of all of this is that you cannot assume with 100 percent certainty that you are NOT being watched during your next hotel stay. These days, absolutely nothing is off the table. If someone, for whatever reason, wanted to spy on you in their hotel room, it would be fairly easy for them to do so — especially if they already work there. This is why you should always look for spy devices as soon as you check into your room on your next trip. You truly never know what you might find.