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 user 2008-05-07 at 2:15:50 pm Views: 60
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    Government offers data-destroying shredders to public
    Worried about identity theft in a discarded item? For a small fee, shred worries away
    – The government has been doing it for a year, and now anyone with
    names, addresses, bank account numbers and yes, any little secrets, can
    ensure their privacy by having their hard drives and other data-storing
    devices torn to tiny bits.The provincial government is offering the use
    of its “shredder” to anyone getting rid of a computer, PDA or any kind
    of device that carries sensitive data and wants to ensure it never
    again sees the light of day.”This guarantees that anyone in the private
    sector or government can have their assets destroyed and they will
    never have to worry about something that will stare them in the face
    from the front of a newspaper or be used for illicit or fraudulent
    purposes,” said Art Fee, director of Asset Investment Recovery, which
    houses the government’s two data-hungry shredders.

    The larger of
    the two shredders has been in use since last summer and tears through
    hard drives and other devices in seconds, leaving behind only shrapnel
    – bits and pieces no bigger than three-quarters of an inch in size.The
    second shredder has been in use only a few weeks. When it’s done with
    your BlackBerry, cellphone or hard drive, all you’ll find are
    confetti-sized pieces of plastic and metal.”For us as a government we
    want to make sure people know we are treating the information they
    entrust to us properly, that we are looking after it,” said Olga Ilich,
    minister of labour and citizens’ services.The public can use the
    shredder — affectionately known as EDDEI, which stands for Evil
    Destroyer of Delicate Electronic Instruments, and it sports a small
    picture of heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s zombie-like mascot Eddie from
    the band’s Killers album — for a fee of $2 or less depending on the
    type of device being shredded.

    The money raised will be used to maintain the machines, which cost a combined $185,000.
    the last year alone the [big] machine has paid for itself, not in
    traditional financial accounting terms, but more in that it has
    provided the security necessary. It’s piece of mind,” said Fee.The
    machines have ground up five tonnes of hard drives, cellphones and the
    like since Christmas, with expectations the volume they will spit out
    will triple once the public becomes aware of the service.The remains of
    devices are shipped to recyclers and sorted for plastics, glass and
    metals.Proceeds from the recycling go to Asset Investment Recovery’s
    general revenue to partially cover costs.Asset Investment Recovery
    sells or auctions items that come out of government or public service
    agencies, like office furniture and seized items.But the site is also a
    drop-off point for the public to recycle electronics like computers,
    monitors, televisions, printers and fax machines.The public can drop
    off any of those items at no charge and they will be shipped to a
    recycler who will break them down to their components for re-us