I was not at all surprised to read today that the government of India is considering shutting down or limiting BlackBerry, Google, Skype and similar services that bypass the monitoring department of India’s scrutiny.

Last Thursday, India threatened to ban BlackBerry services unless the device's manufacturer makes them accessible to its security agencies by Aug. 31, according to a report from Associated Press. On Friday, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) VP Robert Crowe met with Home Ministry officials in New Delhi to try to avoid the ban, with Crowe expressing optimism following the session.

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