Hind’s six-year term as chief executive at the charity regulator ends in September, when he will take up the position at the ICO. He will be paid £12,000 a year for 15 days’ work.
Hind said he had applied to the ICO because he was interested in "getting the balance right between public bodies behaving accountably, transparently and responsibly and giving rights of access to information to members of the public".
He is currently a non-executive director of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, which scrutinises the work of nine healthcare regulatory bodies.
He does not have a full-time post to go to when he leaves the Charity Commission.
"I want to have a bit of a break, take stock and then decide what I want to do," he said.
"I hope to continue to be active in the broader public life. Whether that will be somewhere else in the public sector or somewhere around the charity sector I’m not sure yet."
Hind said he also planned to update his book Governance and Management of Charities, which was published in 1995.