Here’s how to tell if your web traffic travels through an NSA listening point

A Canadian project by Internet Exchange Maps, called IXmaps, tracks the internet exchange points your information passes through. These “points” are buildings where your information passes along a wire and can be collected by the NSA.

For financial and political reasons, many Canadian internet routes pass across the border into the U.S.—a phenomenon known as “boomerang routing”—before going back into Canada to its original destination. Since Canadian citizens have no privacy rights in the U.S., their data is often collected and stored without question.

  • I’ve been using a VPN from Eastern Europe. The proxy in England is located in England. The proxy in the US is located in the US. But the proxy in Canada is also located in the U.S. (I think either Utah or New Jersey).

    Since it’s a free VPN, I’m aware that it could be a front for Government agency data collection, as professional techs have sometimes claimed (the Government premise likely being, “why does anybody need a vpn? — they must be hiding something illegal”).

    Since the VPN’s base IP address is actually located in an Eastern European country, as far as I’m concerned it could be ANY Government agency, including a front for the Russians, or a front for the CIA, etc. I’ll probably never know — all I care about is a secure, private, point-to-point communication medium even if it’s only temporary. Let the “intelligence” idiots think what they want — meanwhile they’re getting a steady diet of news articles and commentary they will never see anywhere else: BCF!

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Telus (Formally BCTel) has some kind of setup directly underneath the CSIS offices
    inside Tower II at Metrotown in Burnaby. Rooms full of large servers with bundles of cables going up through the ceiling. CSIS owns the entire floor above.

    Discovered that by accident getting off on the wrong floor and found some open doors and did a little look around.

    That was in the mid 90’s.

    • There’s no censorship of legal (18+) porn on Library computers either.

      • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

        The central library does by having separate terminals with monitors sunk into desks for people who want total privacy or look at whatever.

        Lot of weirdos go to Central on top of the homeless sleeping on tables
        and washing their clothes in washroom sinks.

        • Brings us full circle to the original point — libraries are saving their history. Sorta like a drug dealer selling you drugs, then recording your particulars and giving it to the authorities.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is largely speculation as is the ‘Intercept’ article that claims that the NSA runs 33 Thomas St in Manhattan – the mysterious building that no one seems to know or say what it’s there for.

    • I’m still waiting to get punked by an “April Fools” article today.

  • V10_Rob

    Are you implying there’s a time where your web traffic is NOT being monitored/recorded?

    That’s crazy talk.