Is encrypted, without any distinguishing characteristics. So, yes, packets are going back and forth, the content is unreadable.
It doesn't become unencrypted until it reaches the foreign server, at which point an IP address at that location is used as the origination.
Therefore, my real ISP doesn't have any ability to determine what I am doing.
I could go into more detail, but your argument amounts to, "because someone can pick a lock, I won't bother to lock my door"
In security, it is commonly stated that "you cannot stop a clear and determined threat, but you can make the effort not worth the benefit".
Could they jump through the hoops to trace back content. Yes, but not quickly, not all of us, and not easily.
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