Andy Yen has captured the crux of the issue so succinctly:
1. Banning encryption would stifle democratic movements. I would add that this is already the case even in the “most” democratic countries like the US and Western Europe.
2. Why do we need encryption if we are apparently have “nothing to hide”. Giving government the means and authority to snoop in on anyone at any time (regardless of judicial oversight or not) opens up the doors to abuse which it has so clearly already been happening. Just think of the Snowden revelations.
3. Privacy is private for a purpose
Thanks to Andy Yen for his article and setting up an encrypted public email provider. I hope that this will be adopted by the Outlook.com, Gmail and others in the future.