In this post, you’ll learn how to block third party cookies in Microsoft Edge using Intune. Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store info about your preferences. It can improve your browsing experience by allowing sites to remember your preferences or by letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites.
However, some cookies may put your privacy at risk by tracking sites you visit. Third-party cookies allow advertisers to track a person’s browsing history across the web on any site that contains their ads.
All cookies are allowed by default in every web browser, and You can adjust the setting to allow or block cookies for all sites and set exceptions for specific sites.
Third-party cookies belong to domains different from the one shown in the address bar. These cookies typically appear when web pages feature content, such as banner advertisements, from external websites.
This opens up the potential for tracking the user’s browsing history and is often used by advertisers to serve relevant advertisements to each user.
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Block Cookies in Microsoft Edge Using Intune
Let’s follow the steps below to Block third-party cookies to prevent third-party websites from saving and reading cookie data.
- Sign in to Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center https://endpoint.microsoft.com/
- Select Devices > Windows > Configuration profiles > Create profile.
In Create Profile, Select Platform, Windows 10, and later and Profile, Select Profile Type as Settings catalog. Click on Create button.
On the Basics tab, enter a descriptive name, such as Block third-party cookies in Microsoft Edge or Block Edge third-party cookies. Optionally, enter a Description for the policy, then select Next.
In Configuration settings, click Add settings to browse or search the catalog for the settings you want to configure.
On the Settings Picker window, use the search box and type block third-party cookies, and click Search. Now select Microsoft Edge. This will display all the available settings related to third-party cookies for Microsoft Edge.
Note – If you want to allow or block cookies for specific sites. You can add the settings from Microsoft Edge > Content settings – Allow cookies on specific sites: Define a list of sites, based on URL patterns, that are allowed to set cookies.
The setting is shown and configured with a default value Disabled. Set Block third party cookies to Enabled and Click Next.
Block third party cookies – Enabled Block web page elements that aren’t from the domain that’s in the address bar from setting cookies.
If you enable this policy, web page elements that are not from the domain that is in the address bar can’t set cookies. If you disable this policy, web page elements from domains other than in the address bar can set cookies.
Under Assignments, In Included groups, click Add groups and then choose Select groups to include one or more groups to which you want to deploy the Edge block third party cookies settings. Click Next to continue.
In Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. Add scope tags (if required) and click Next.
In Review + create, review your settings. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.
A notification will appear automatically in the top right-hand corner with a message. The Policy “Block Third Party Cookies in Microsoft Edge” created successfully. The policy is also shown in the Configuration profiles list.
Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service the policy applies to the devices.
Intune Reporting – Block Cookies in Microsoft Edge
To monitor the policy assignment, from the list of Configuration Profiles, select the policy, and here you can check the device and user check-in status. If you click View Report, additional details are displayed.
Additionally, you can quickly check the update as devices/users check in status reports.
Intune MDM Event Log
Event logs are the extended type of Intune Logs in Windows. The Intune event ID 814 indicates that a string policy is applied on Windows 11 or 10 devices. You can also see the exact value of the policy being applied on those devices.
MDM PolicyManager: Set policy string, Policy: (BlockThirdPartyCookies), Area: (microsoft_edge~Policy~microsoft_edge), EnrollmentID requesting merge: (78BF73E9-4EBB-4575-9EF5-21B30DB3FD4E), Current User: (Device), String: (), Enrollment Type: (0x6), Scope: (0x0).
You can use REGEDIT.exe on a target computer to view the registry settings that store group policy settings. These settings are located at the registry path –
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge Value Name: BlockThirdPartyCookies
End User Experience – Block Cookies in Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge, Go to Settings and more > Settings. In the Settings tab, select “Cookies and site permissions” on the left sidebar.
On the right panel, click on “Manage and delete cookies and site data.” Here you can see “Block third-party cookies” is turned off.
About Author – Jitesh, Microsoft MVP, has over five years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus area is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.