There has been a lot of fuzz regarding the cookie consent pop-up lately. One of the reasons for this is that it uses a third party cookie, to store your cookie settings. Some users experience this as problematic, see for example: The cookie consent dialog (coming from cookielaw.org) keeps popping up.
Besides users choosing to block third party cookies due to privacy concerns there are also browsers that have a blanket ban on third party cookies. More will follow as all major browsers will have them phased out by 2022.
Considering this, what was the teams rationale for implementing a third party cookies for storing cookie preferences, instead of opting for a more future-proof option?