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The SMS messages stuff is so we can run analysis on number of SMS's you send and receive to display to you. We don't read any of your SMS's, we just count them. Unfortunately Android permissions don't let us differentiate the two. You can just not allow that permission though and the app will still work.

Last I checked, you can't cherry pick permissions when you install an app, its all or nothing.

CyanogenMod and ROMs with Pdroid do give you cherry-picked permissions, for what it's worth.

Hmm, I'm the iPhone user of the company so I wouldn't know :). But according to nicholasjarnold below LBE Privacy Guard might work for that?

You can absolutely cherry pick permissions (and everyone should). You just can't do it during installation and without a 3rd party helper app. Please look into rooting your device and installing LBE Privacy Guard.

LBE Privacy Guard is only for rooted phones - i.e. most users won't have it.

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