Woman fears for identity after personal data lost twice

An Edmonton woman who has been victimized twice in high profile privacy breaches fears her identity continues to be at risk.

Health data and student loan information missing in separate incidents

Brenda, who so fears identity theft she doesn't want her last name used, has seen her her personal information go missing twice. (CBC)

An Edmonton woman who has been victimized twice in high profile privacy breaches fears her identity continues to be at risk. 

"You're always constantly looking over your shoulder and wondering or worrying that somebody's going to use it for their own gains. And they may not use it right away, but what about five years, 10 years, down the road?"

The woman, who is so worried about her identity being stolen, she does not want her name used.

Her troubles began when a memory stick containing her personal information was stolen from a federal student loan office in Ottawa in 2012. 

Then late last year, a laptop with her health information was stolen  from an Edmonton Medicentre. 

"I had to go through several weeks of contacting everybody from my bank accounts to my house insurance, everything," she said.

"And there's codes and passwords and things on it that I have to show and prove that wherever I go somewhere, that that's me."

A report released last week into the student loan information concluded it could have been avoided if basic security protocols were followed. 

Alberta's privacy commissioner is expected to table her report into the Medicentre incident in April.

With files from CBC's Kim Trynacity