The EU may have to compromise on privacy protections in order to defeat terrorism, former CIA director Michael Hayden said Monday.
"In the European Union, the division of labor between the union government and the national governments is that questions of commerce and of privacy are held by the Brussels bureaucrats. Questions of security remain in national capitals," Hayden told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
"What you've got are the folks in Brussels, the Euro institutions, imposing incredibly high standards with regard to personal privacy at the expense of what the national governments are still expected to do, which is keep their citizens alive."
Belgian authorities said Monday the death toll from the Brussels terrorist attacks last week rose to 35. Additionally, they said Saturday three more suspects had been charged with terrorist offenses.