We are all well aware that government authorities snoop on our online activity to one degree or another. Around 4am GMT Monday the Patriot Act in the USA will either be expanded or disappear into its own black hole but online monitoring is here to stay.
Americans may object to homeland monitoring but spare a thought for those outside of the USA who are fair game most of the time. Add to this the Tory government's plans to increase online snooping in Britain and the Internet is far from private.
Perhaps all of the above explains in part why Facebook wants to push users to use their real names but they should remember nothing lasts forever-in fact online sometimes it does not last long at all.
Myspace had its day and fell from huge success to a non-entity rapidly.
Currently Twitter and Facebook are the two biggest social media outlets online but others are gaining ground.
Facebook needs users-fact.
The #MyNameIs coalition created by drag Queen Sister Roma from San Francisco encompasses users who do not want to display their real identity. These users are fighting Facebook's real-name rules.
The Guardian reports "The policy has incited drag queens, transgender people, Native Americans, domestic violence survivors and others who do not use the names on their birth certificates to come together against the policy as part of the #MyNameIs coalition."
The real name policy stands accused of benefitting online bullies and high-profile users such as celebrities.
Facebook accounts of drag queens and Native Americans have previously been suspended as their names do not correspond with government identification. That has more than a whiff of corruption to it.
Ongoing talks since last September have failed to bring about real change to the flawed real name policy and so the Queens will be out on force Monday.
And Facebook's policy of allowing users to report suspect accounts has led to some malicious behaviour.
"The protest is scheduled to begin at 11am, across the street from Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. Demonstrators are going to demand that the company remove the fake-name reporting option, stop verifying people with government identification, and develop a more clear appeals process."