Chinese foreign ministry discussed developments with observer team in Jamaica

working group from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Jamaica Observer last Friday and discussed a range of issues with the newspaper’s managers, editors, and reporters, including bilateral, regional and global affairs, China’s belt and road initiative, as well as developments in the technology industry. The Chinese delegation was headed by that country’s former ambassador to Suriname Zhang Jinxiong and included Li Cuiying, counsellor of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs; Song Junying, director of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, China Institute of International Studies; and Chen Haoyue, attaché at Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

Google and the web tracking pages explained

Chief policy officer Johnny Ryan used Google’s Chrome browser to conduct his research. He had no logins, cookies or browsing history on the device so was, in effect, a new user.
He said he discovered hidden webpages that had a unique address. It acted as an identifier, which was unique to him. This so-called pseudonymous marker, when combined with cookies, can help track user activity across the web, he claims. Cookies – small pieces of code that are embedded in websites and downloaded to devices to track how users browse the net – require permissions from the user to be used, which the hidden webpage does not.
Over the course of just one hour of web browsing, he said, Google created at least nine of these pages and 11 duplicate pages that transferred data about him.
That data was not seen by him but could have included information about age and gender, habits, social media usage, ethnicity or political affiliation, he said.
Eight companies other than Google were active on one or more of these pages and the identifiers for him were used 278 times, he found.