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Recycling group, police join to fight identity theft

Calgarians had a chance this weekend to ensure confidential data left on old computer hard drives and other electronic devices was beyond the reach of identity thieves.
Calgary police joined forces with the Electronic Recycling Association to help dispose of sensitive information that could lead to identity theft 1:49

Calgarians had a chance this weekend to ensure confidential data left on old computer hard drives and other electronic devices was beyond the reach of identity thieves.

E-data Destruction Day was hosted by the Electronic Recycling Association in partnership with Calgary police as part of Fraud Prevention Month.

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People could watch as their electronics were thoroughly mangled using a variety of techniques.

Police spokesperson Kathy Macdonald says people sometimes don't realize the amount of personal information stored on a hard drive.