While browsing the Internet I realized I could access US websites from within the US using the VPN service Private Internet Access (PIA).
I tried accessing http://www.cc.com/ to see what would happen.
To my surprise I got to the website but was connected to an address in the Netherlands (https://www.tcpiputils.com/browse/ip-address/18.104.22.168). Even on the PIA forms it shows that I am connected to an address in the Netherlands (https://www.tcpiputils.com/browse/ip-address/22.214.171.124). Duck duck go connects to Ireland (https://www.tcpiputils.com/browse/ip-address/126.96.36.199).
Why are these connections registering my Geolocation (they realize my computer originates in the EU)? I thought PIA provided a secure connection to a remote server but this clearly shows that my connection to that server is being intercepted somehow.
Any help with an explanation would be greatly appreciated!
EDIT: After doing some digging it seems like Akamai Technologies (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akamai_Technologies) is circumnavigating the PIA VPN network. Some how it is still registering that my account is in the EU (and is delivering services from closer servers, like the Netherlands).
I still need clarification as to why this is happening. I thought the VPN encryption would prevent people from intercepting traffic?