Wednesday, July 10, 2013
As I have previously discussed, the law currently lags behind technology when it comes to digital assets.
In the months following Eric Rash’s suicide in 2011, his parents were denied access to their son’s Facebook account as they desperately searched for answers.
But recently Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell invited the parents of Eric Rash to witness him sign legislation guaranteeing parents the right to access a child’s digital assets following the death of the child.
The legislation will give parents and legal guardians rights to deceased minor’s social media accounts by adding digital assets to Virginia’s probate laws.
See Tracy Sears, Family Wins in Fight Against Internet Giants, On Hand When Governor Signs Law, WTVR, July 2, 2012.