San Bernardino Shooting

The iPhone

FBI Unlocks Phone without Help of Apple

Privacy vs. Security

Public Reaction


The San Bernardino shooting of 2015, led by Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, left 14 people dead and 22 critically injured. The married couple opened fire on a crowd of people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. After both shooters were killed in crossfire with police, law enforcement was left with the task of uncovering the couple's motive for the attack. One piece of evidence that became the center of a nationwide debate was the iPhone 5C that Rizwan Farook was given from the county since he began working as an environmental health specialist. The FBI was unable to unlock the phone and so it requested Apple's assitance in doing so. Apple refused to cooperate based on its policy to never undermine the security of its own products. The battle between Apple and the FBI became a national controversy as people weighed the importance of personal privacy and national security. This website will lay the foundation for the events that occurred on that day and afterwards, discuss the legal arguments brought forth by Apple and the FBI, and what influential people in the public had to say on the matter.