Our permissions requirements have a lot to do with the Android OS.
Lookout has recently requested additional device permissions, which has caused some confusion among users.
In order for many app features to function on your device, they need access to parts of the OS that are directly related to your personal data and system info. Android's OS is built to accommodate this. When users deny these permissions, many apps simply will not work as intended. Lookout's app is no exception. We need access to your audio setting to make your phone scream, keylock settings to remotely lock your phone (a Lookout Premium feature), and GPS to locate your device when you request it.
You can find a list of the permissions we employ here.
Lookout's Privacy and Security Principles are here.
Lookout secures your device from malware and protects your personal data based on the permissions we employ. This is what the press has to say about our reputation as a security-based organization: https://www.lookout.com/about/news.
Note: Many apps request to have access (permissions), but it doesn't necessarily mean that those apps are using the permissions for malicious purposes or to exploit you. Lookout makes you aware of which apps have what access, and then you can choose whether or not to keep them.