Both the FTC and the US Department of Commerce are preparing to release separate, independent reports on online privacy issues. The two reports are likely to conflict with each other in significant ways. Top Commerce officials have indicated that the Department favors letting the industry regulate itself, building on the common practice of companies posting their privacy policies online and consumers checking a box if they agree to abide by them. The FTC, by contrast, wants to continue to explore the creation of a “do not track” list, similar in concept to the “do not call” lists used in the telecommunications industry, that would prohibit Internet users from being tracked online. The two agencies have reportedly clashed over which will release its report first in hopes of leading the national discussion. The issues may also be ripe for congressional action, as members of both parties in the House and Senate have recently called on companies to account for online intrusions and breaches of consumer privacy.