Linen Technology Tracking has recently announced a patent that allows for washable RFID tags. In an effort to reduce theft and track inventory, three hotels in Honolulu, Miami and Manhattan have recently employed these special tags in their towels and linens. From an economic perspective, the, the RFID tags have proven their worth with a savings on average $16,000 per month from reduced linen theft.
However, the RFIDs are easily trackable, so it could be used to track the locations of its guests. Whether this infringes on its guests right to privacy seems be of little concern, as there is no indication that the guests are notified of their existence. While it is totally valid for the hotels to look for ways to reduce theft, it does indicate that data disclosure and data tracking policies will have to be implemented throughout the next decade.