Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory is an adaptive privacy rule management system explaining the dialectics of regulating disclosing and protecting private information when others are involved. The theory explicates how people make decisions about revealing their own private information and any private information that is entrusted to them. The theory also considers the impact of serving as a confidant and the ramifications of privacy turbulence on relationships with others. The theory includes eight axioms about how people go about private information management.
CPM theory has continued to evolve, grow, and adapt since Sandra Petronio first advanced the theory in the 1990s. She developed many of the theoretical concepts by testing them through focus-group interviews and qualitative methods to ensure validity and viability, then ...
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