On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to launch its online drone registry in an attempt to gather identifying information on drones and their operators.
Until now, the details of the registry have been rather vague, but the major point of contention has been in two contradictory statements from the FAA and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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John Goglia, a Forbes contributor, reached out to the FAA and got this comment:
Until the drone registry system is modified, the FAA will not release names and address [sic]. When the drone registry system is modified to permit public searches of registration numbers, names and addresses will be revealed through those searches.
So, for the time being it appears that your information, as a drone owner, is set to go public if it’s on the registry. That is, if groups like the Academy of Model Aeronautics can’t put the kibosh on the registry entirely.