Comment: Or make it personal

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Or make it personal

"You know, every year people are killed or raped or kidnapped by people they know. To keep everyone safe from these criminals we associate with, we all need to be able to read anyone's email at any time, listen in to their phone calls, check their bank statements, and so on. Since you and I have had contact, I will now need to protect myself by insisting that you give me your email address and password. Here is my [fake] info: ..."

Of course, this may make them feel unsafe. At which point you reassure them that you were only kidding, but the human beings working in the government are not kidding.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine