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The federal government will force every drone to be registered

The federal government will force every drone to be registered
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Drones are a hot-button topic in both the tech world and the rest of the world. On the one hand, hobbyists love them, companies see them as the future of deliveries and other tasks and they're just downright cool.

On the other hand, drones are invading your privacy, crashing in places they shouldn't be, endangering airline flights, interfering with emergency personnel and more. And to make things worse, more than a million drones ranging from $20 to $3,000 models could be sold this Christmas. The skies are about to get a lot more crowded, and the government thinks it might have the solution.

Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx revealed a new plan that will require drone operators to register their drones with the Department of Transportation. He says this will underscore the seriousness of following airspace rules, especially around airports, and help the FAA identify drone operators that break the rules.

A task force of "public and private industry leaders" will form to come up with what that registration system will look like. The government is hoping to have a system figured out by November and active before Christmas.

Will this announcement change whether or not you're going to buy a drone? Is it going to be an improvement or just create more headaches for drone operators? What do you think the registration process should include? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: TechCrunch
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