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Is it possible to write a browser extension that has the browser request access to store cookies just like it does for microphone or location access?

Firefox has had that built in for years but you have to manually accept or deny cookies for each website and you would still get the popups.

I just use this Firefox add-on to hide most of the popups: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/i-dont-care-a...

You don't need an extension. You set cookies to deny all. Then you look at the list of blocked cookies when you on a website, and you can individually allow cookies on a per domain basis.

You can do this and it’s abhuge pain in the butt for the user

I think it must be. I use uMatrix which essentially does this, except it doesn't use popup requests - if you want cookies, just make a few clicks.

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