Concerned that universities have gone too far to protect student privacy, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has called on federal education officials to make changes.

The Ohio Democrat sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Education asking it to clean up the 35-year-old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Brown joins a chorus of government officials, college faculty members, First Amendment advocates and the former U.S. senator who wrote the law in 1974 in seeking reforms to rules they say have been improperly used to shield public information.

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