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Do intranet sites use cookies? If so, are the rules the same as those applicable to internet cookies?

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Published on LexisPSL on 04/06/2020

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  • Do intranet sites use cookies? If so, are the rules the same as those applicable to internet cookies?
  • Do intranets use cookies?
  • Are the rules for intranet cookies the same as those applicable to internet cookies?
  • PECR 2003
  • UK GDPR

Do intranet sites use cookies? If so, are the rules the same as those applicable to internet cookies?

An intranet is a computer network accessible only to a limited group of people—usually a company’s employees—and not to the general public. They usually take the form of a set of web pages for sharing company-specific information. Extranets are similar but accessible to a wider group of people such as customers, subscribers or suppliers depending on the nature of the business.

As explained in Practice Note: Cookies: ‘Cookies are small data files stored on a user’s computer, phone or tablet. They allow an online service, such as a website, to recognise an individual user and store certain information about them such as login details, the contents of shopping baskets and site preferences.’

Do intranets use cookies?

Most intranets will use cookies of some kind—most likely, first party cookies for the purposes of remembering a user’s preferences or login details. It is less likely that third party cookies will be used, although it is possible for more complex intranets that use social media plugins or analytics services, for example.

The only way to be sure is to undertake a dedicated cookie audit or to ensure that intranet pages are included in the scope of a wider audit. See Practice Note: Cookies, in particular section: Cookie audits.

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