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Yes, with Let’s Encrypt and others, and Google hinting that encrypted connections will be preferred over not, more and more facilities attached to the Internet are getting encrypted. So often all the ISPs can sell is metadata.
This is similar to the Snowden revelations, in that phone call content was by-and-large not collected, but the metadata of who called whom when and for how long was stored. From that, it might not take a whole lot processing/AI to draw some fairly accurate conclusions. As an example, I made several calls on 8-, 9-, and 10-Mar, all to roofing companies. On 8-May, there was a NWS high wind warning. It’s easy to conclude I lost some shingles off my roof.