I thought this was just a European thing. You probably shouldn’t be getting it if you’re in the USA unless the websites are now just doing it for everyone.
Cookies and ePrivacy Directive
Passed in the 2002 and amended in 2009, the ePrivacy Directive (EPD) has become known as the “cookie law” since its most notable effect was the proliferation of cookie consent pop-ups after it was passed. It supplements (and in some cases, overrides) the GDPR, addressing crucial aspects about the confidentiality of electronic communications and the tracking of Internet users more broadly.
But you can certainly blame us Europeans for this one.