Does a contract have to define "third party" or does it have a standard meaning of "any entity not a party to this agreement"?
If third party is not explicitly defined in an agreement between Party A and Party B, is Party B free to regard its agent, or any company it contracts with to perform services (even a company that is a competitor of Party A) to be not a third party?
Does the answer to these questions vary by jurisdiction?
I have seen the following explicit definition in a company's Privacy statement:
Third Party: any entity that is not Acme Widgets, an Acme Widgets employee, contractor, or agent.