Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said Tuesday the government would be giving intelligence services one more entryway into Americans' data should it prevail in the dispute with Apple over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
"Even when you're just looking at this through a security lens, that's actually not the best resolution for American security. Put another way America is more secure — America is more safe — with unbreakable end-to-end encryption," Hayden told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
The tech giant has refused a U.S. magistrate's order to create software that would allow the FBI to circumvent security measures built into the operating system on an iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people at a county government facility in December.
FBI Director James Comey has said that law enforcement does not intend to create a back door into all iPhones.