... restore its recently watered-down data retention laws. "Only if the investigators can trace the communication during the planning of attacks can they thwart such crimes and protect people," the spokesman told German media.
Less eager to go back to the future was Robin Lardot, Finland's Deputy National Police Commissioner: "We have enhanced network intelligence at the moment," he told local broadcaster, YLE. during an interview earlier this week.
Meanwhile, government officials from Finland's southerly neighbour, Estonia, have argued for an expansion of specific powers, namely, the ability to quickly look up an IP address.
Despite the fact that IP addresses can easily be faked, law enforcement agencies still use them as a means to trace criminal activity.
However, many internet activists are concerned that politicians will use this opportunity as a way to erode existing online freedoms.
"Whatever the context, police and politicians feel the need to reassure people with ‘new' policies when there is such a tragedy," writes Joe McNamee, of European Digital Rights, a Brussels non-profit, in an e-mail to Deutsche Welle.
"Often the policies would have been irrelevant to deal with the tragedy but it doesn't matter - there is a ‘reassurance vacuum' which has to be filled with something... anything, even something useless and counterproductive.
Continued McNamee: "The same vacuum exists in other countries, so - for our security (this is exactly when rushed, bad and ineffective policy is often rolled out) and fundamental rights, we can only hope that politicians act responsibly."