I’d add a slightly different perspective. If I understand correctly, even this fact of having to be notified about cookie use, and to give explicit consent, has only arisen due to “meddling” within the EU.
The French are particularly guilty in this. They brought out their “minitel” system as a precursor to Ceefax and the web generally. Never ones to miss an opportunity to rue a perceived injustice, they seem to have never really gotten over the rise of the internet and Google’s almost total dominance.
They have been deeply instrumental in creating or promoting all kinds of legislation around a more “open” internet - such as this cookie directive that came out of Europe and give us this maddening situation in the first place. Before they took aim at Google, nobody ever thought much about cookies and consent because pages just loaded WITHOUT all these stupid, annoying popups all over the place.
Personally I’m very happy with how Brave works, which is to say it has a certain focus on privacy and attempts to respect us as users. I’m not minded to want to tinker or add extra security, because I like the face that web pages work, and personally am not terribly bothered by cookies generally, despite of course I detest advertising and profiling.
I’m not aware that we could have the web of today with no cookies at all, or rather if we did it would be way more frustrating than now because… well, it’s obvious surely.